When Others Speak

Outline, (2014), Transit (2017), Kudos (2019) by Rachel Cusk, Faber & Faber What is a novelist to do when they wish to speak in their own...

A Loner Abroad

Cleanness by Garth Greenwell, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020 The question of whether to regard Garth Greenwell's second book as a novel or...

It's like this, Deborah Levy ...

The Man Who Saw Everything, by Deborah Levy, Hamish Hamilton, 2019 It's 1988. Young protagonist Saul Adler gets bashed down by a car as...

Real or Not?

Find Me, by Andre Aciman, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019 Personally I would love to be a character in an Aciman novel. For one, his...

A drug for our times?

Serotonin, by Michel Houellebecq, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019 While thoroughly un-PC to admit to this nowadays, I have to declare I'm a...

Alcott's Laurie

Jo, Meg, Amy, Beth, Marmee ... sure the March women are equal in literary fame and stature to the great heroines of Jane Austen or George...

A Tangled Web

The Spell, by Allan Hollinghurst, Chatto & Windus, 1998 What is remarkable about Hollinghurst's fiction is what is usually not remarkable...

Feeding the Habit

Open Book – A Literary Postcard by Ian Holding, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, May 2018 For a bibliophile, living in a country like Zimbabwe...