Category: Writers

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.


Gabriel Roberts

The Creations of Edward Thomas

Despite problems of retrospect, this novel about the making of the poet is a valuable contribution as interest in Thomas grows.


21 May, 2013

Elleke Boehmer

A Writer of the World



13 May, 2013

Shivani Radhakrishnan

Zoning Out

Geoff Dyer's heavily footnoted paean to Tarkovsky tells us more about Geoff Dyer than anything else.


Stephanie Yorke

The Athletics of Poetry

The poet Sharon McCartney talks to Stephanie Yorke about rich reading, women writing, and endurance.