Category: Fiction

1 July, 2014

Fergus McGhee

Minority Culture

16 June, 2014

Peter Hill

Imperialism in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Despite his imperialistic overtones, it is not possible simply to dismiss John Buchan as a jingoistic thriller-writer.

29 May, 2014

Laura Ludtke

One Is Not Simply A Vixen

19 May, 2014

Shahla Haque

Donna Tartt’s Paintbrush

Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize winner is 'redolent and compelling' at times, but the characters and plot fall flat and thin.

Christy Edwall


Lydia Davis' newest collection flashes moments of brilliance, but lacks the consistency and generosity exemplary of her work.

5 May, 2014

Andrew Dean

Not Letting Go

Claudia Piermont's account of Philip Roth is marked by her close relationship with him, a relationship from which the book both benefits and suffers.

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.