Category: Writers

1 July, 2014

Fergus McGhee

Minority Culture



30 June, 2014

Rosie Lavan

Seamus Heaney’s Places

In light of Seamus Heaney's recent death, Richard Russell scrupulously reorients the poet in relation to place.


Jennifer Thorp

Oases And Mirages In The Desert Of ‘After Proust’

Jennifer Thorp finds Anne Carson's precise control of the bathetic sentence makes less of an outing than usual in her newest work.


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.


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.


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.


11 November, 2013

Rosie Lavan

Seamus Heaney and Oxford

Balances and bifurcations recur and resound in Heaney's writing, but so too do ideas of reconciliation and unity, writes Rosie Lavan.


14 October, 2013

Monica Ali talks to Dominic Davies

Drama, Conflict and Thwarted Desire

Monica Ali explains why fictional characters should always be in need of a sandwich.


18 June, 2013

Nico Hobhouse

Writing Revolution



10 June, 2013

Calum Mechie and Simon Morley

Neutralising Orwell

The prize which bears George Orwell's name pays no homage to the polemical principles which charged his work.