In brief

Reviews of ‘Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty’, by Alain Mabanckou; ‘A Wolf in Hindelheim’, by Jenny Mayhew; ‘Lionel Asbo’, by Martin Amis; ‘The Daughters of Mars’, by Thomas Keneally; ‘NOS4R2’, by Joe Hill; ‘Finches of Mars’, by Brian Aldiss

Martin Amis

The erstwhile Mick Jagger of British letters talks about longevity, literary lechery, America’s ‘veins of madness’ and his new book – a love story set in Auschwitz

After Orwell

We are missing a British writer to whom we can turn and learn from at moments of national consequence or crisis

Stages of love and loss

John Banville’s concluding novel in the Cleave trilogy is a triumph of style and substance, writes Claire Kilroy

Finals countdown

A bittersweet hymn to the high jinks of student days, Ben Masters’ ‘Noughties’ is a caustic, street-smart novel for our times

Wish you were here

Novelist Angela Carter is remembered through her postcards by her literary executor Susannah Clapp in this affectionate homage

The Diary: Sarah Sands

The deputy editor of the London Evening Standard watches Kim Jong-il’s state funeral from Namibia, a country that North Korea befriended in 1990

Instead of a Book

In her collected correspondence to poet Edward Field, editor Diana Athill documents her dotage with affecting candour

Europe and America first condemned us; then pitied us; now they spur us on, as if to say, ‘Italy can do better than this’

The Submission

A deeply thoughtful first novel attempts to make sense of the September 11 attacks

Caribou Island

David Vann’s full-length debut portrays unhappy families in the Alaskan wilderness