Mantel's Thatcher assassination fantasy
Mantel's Thatcher assassination fantasy

Booker-prize-winning author admits she thought about killing the British PM when she found herself within shooting range…

Lena Dunham: Page girl
Lena Dunham: Page girl

Lena Dunham reinvented the oversharing style on her hit show, Girls. What will her first book do? Meghan Daum meets TV’s…

Book review: England and Other Stories
Book review: England and Other Stories

Yes, as the title says, there is a story called England in this collection, but you might say England is the only story…

Book review: The Confabulist
Book review: The Confabulist

There's nothing quite like an unreliable narrator to add intrigue to a novel. Martin Strauss is suffering from a rare brain…

Books

Book review: Perfidia
Book review: Perfidia

Welcome to the Big Nowhere redux. Five years after completing his sprawling, labyrinthine, fevered…

Books: A penchant for the extreme

There has never been a writer like James Ellroy. Since the 1980s, in novels such as LA Confidential and The Cold Six Thousand…

Tempting tastes for mind's appetite

Torch by Cheryl Strayed (Atlantic) In her memoir, Wild, US writer Cheryl Strayed recounted how she found herself while…

Luminaries shine in Catton's family tree

Man Booker prize-winner Eleanor Catton is made of the write stuff.

Book review: The Claimant
Book review: The Claimant

The latest epic from Janette Turner Hospital's latest epic is not historical fiction, but it has a basis…

David Mitchell: Offering a way to become better

Centring around an ancient battle between two rival races of supernatural beings - one of which regularly regenerates into…

Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

Three British writers, two Americans and an Australian are finalists for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction, open…

Keith Richards to chop Fiji tree down

That tree Keith Richards fell out of and almost killed him when he was last down this way? It's not long for this world.

JK Rowling hits back at online abuse over gay Dumbledore

The author told her ex-fan to follow alleged homophobe Brian Souter instead.

Heartbreak through Irish eyes
Heartbreak through Irish eyes

Elegant writing takes us through the highs and lows of a woman’s life.

Books Archives

Fiction Addiction

Fiction Addiction: What book would you most like your kids to read?
Fiction Addiction: What book would you most like your kids to read?

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is the book that most people want to pass on to their children, according to a survey…

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Arts

Review: The Eggner Trio
Review: The Eggner Trio

In a week that sees the city hosting three piano trio concerts, the Eggners, in the Town Hall last Tuesday night, came across…

T.J. McNamara: Abstraction a driving force
Earth, wind, fire and steam
Palm tree v art collection
Lego breaks out of the toy box
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