Category: Fiction

Special Issue: Satire

31 March, 2014

Paula Byrne

Jane Austen and Satire

Jane Austen has been endlessly re-imagined, but can any of the prequels, sequels, or updates do justice to her comic élan?


3 March, 2014

Edward Still

The Resonance of the Excavated Self

Edward Still discovers the blending of the mythical and the tangible in Cynan Jones's new novel The Dig


20 January, 2014

Fergus McGhee

On the Open Sea

Fergus McGhee on Philip Kitcher’s Deaths in Venice, a philosophical take on the reception history of Thomas Mann’s classical novella.


Kevin Brazil

Life in the Future Perfect Tense?

Kevin Brazil reviews the first two volumes of Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle and considers its place between autobiography and fiction.


Haiya Sarwar

Avoiding That Awful Taint of Rejection

Haiya Sarwar reviews Peter Mattei's novel The Deep Whatsis and finds both a postmodern sob story of yuppie plight and a captivating anti-hero.


Special Issue: Comics

23 December, 2013

Charlotta Salmi

A Canvas for Popular Dissent: Zahra’s Paradise

The comic form lends itself to political commentary and resistance, and has been taken up to great effect by protestors in Iran, writes Charlotta Salmi.


9 December, 2013

Tanya Christiansen

Post-Apocalyptic Worlds

Tanya Christiansen finds that the third installment in Margaret Atwood's Madd Addam trilogy doesn't live up to the inventive capacity of its predecessors.


15 November, 2013

Emma Simpson

Tightropes and Rooftops



11 November, 2013

Kevin Brazil

A New Continent of Expression

Kevin Brazil explains why Samuel Beckett would have approved of the experimental syntax in Eimear McBride's debut novel.


Oliver Neto

An Anti-Pastoral Novel

Jim Crace's weaving together of urban and pastoral narratives would have made it a worthy winner of the Man Booker Prize, argues Oliver Neto.