Click here to read my review in The Spectator of the longest, trickiest novel I read last year.
Click here to read my review in The Times of Jenny Offill’s new novel Weather. Her previous novel Dept. of Speculation was one of my favourites of its year—will Weather stack up?
Click here to read my review in The Times of Eimear McBride’s new novel Strange Hotel, which I rather liked, despite the pay-off line where I call it “the most interesting boring book of the year.”
Click here to read my feature for the Penguin Books website on Brexit and how it has shaped British novels in recent years.
Click here to read my review in The Times of Marina Kemp’s bold, lively and – frankly – fun debut novel.
I wrote about Georges Simenon and the Maigret books for the Penguin Books website. Simenon’s productivity was legendary: he wrote most of his novels in 10 or 11 days, and it’s reported that Alfred Hitchcock once rang him only to be told that Simenon was incommunicado, writing a new book. “That’s all right,” replied Hitchcock. “I’ll wait.”
Click here to read my review in The Times of the concluding part of J. M. Coetzee’s trilogy about a boy and his ‘parents’ in a mysterious world both like and unlike our own. Title contains spoilers.
Click here to read my review in The Spectator of Sarah Hall’s sexy and cerebral new collection of stories Sudden Traveller.
If you’ve ever wondered what I sound like, it’s your lucky day! Click here to listen to me discuss some books of the year with podcasters Olivia Bright and Carrie Plitt on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, hosted by Mariella Frostrup.
Click here to read my review of highly regarded memoirist and editor Diana Athill’s only novel, first published in 1967 and now reissued.