Category: Literature

19 January, 2015

Fergus McGhee

Metaphors Behaving Badly

Fergus McGhee enjoys a learned and provocative account of metaphor that speaks up for extravagance


Hugh Burling

A Knack for Profundity?

Hugh Burling has little faith in a study of belief that is beset by ambiguity


Emily Anderson

The Meaning Of War

Emily Anderson considers an ambitious but problematic account of the literary representation of war


Kanta Dihal

Mind Over Mathematics

Kanta Dihal considers an unusual memoir that demystifies physics


8 December, 2014

Martin Willis

n = 1: Valuing Literature and Science

Martin Willis explores what we should value in literature's engagement with science and in the study of that engagement.


24 November, 2014

Jennifer Rushworth

The First English (Scottish?) Proust

Jean Findlay's biography of C. K. Scott Moncrieff reveals him as much more than the first translator of Proust.


Jean-Thomas Tremblay

After the Fall

Edan Lepucki's debut novel, California, explores the narrative possibilities offered by American society after its decline.


Emily Anderson

Between a Dandy and a Soldier

Gibson's biography of H. H. Munro attempts to discern the man from his authorial persona, the humorist Saki.


13 November, 2014

Matilda Bathurst

From Scooby-Doo to Strawberry Hill



10 November, 2014

Kristin Grogan

The Storms that Rise in It

Robinson's Lila feels like yet another form of prayer: for America and its dispossessed, for literature, for the lonely.