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Sunday, November 18, 2018

J’Accuse: Emile Zola and the Dreyfus Affair

Why, when questioned by his colleagues at Vanity Fair, did the acerbic and brilliant writer Christopher Hitchens choose Emile Zola - the largely forgotten...

StAnza returns

It has been 15 years since the inaugural StAnza festival was held in St Andrews.Since 1998, it has grown beyond even the most buoyant...

Why Roald Dahl still matters

“Ow, Fuck” Those were the parting words of perhaps the finest children’s author of the last century, as he received the lethal dose of morphine...

Pop-science tackles pill popping

Bad Pharma By Ben Goldacre 448 pages Fourth Estate “Medicine is broken” Before I assess the many merits of this book which make it worth reading, it has to...

This Is How Yunior Lost Her

This Is How You Lose Her Junot Diaz 224 pages Faber and Faber “I’m not a bad guy,” alleges the narrator of ‘The Sun, the Moon, and the...

Another Prize for the Mantel

On October 16th, the winner of the Man Booker Prize for 2012 was announced. Hilary Mantel, the author of Bring Up the Bodies, is...

Dickensian London is a long, long way from Discworld

Sarah Berman reviews 'Dodger' the latest fictional offering from Terry Pratchett, which wallows in the grimy history of nineteenth century London.

Man Booker Prize 2012: the candidates

The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012 will be announced tomorrow evening. Tamar Ziff runs through the candidates for the annual literature prize. Who do you think is going to be awarded the paperback crown?

New interiors for Zadie Smith

NW, by Zadie Smith 304 pages Hamish Hamilton NW, by Zadie Smith, had the luxury of a guaranteed readership. Previous novels by Smith, White Teeth, The Autograph...

The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan

The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan George Steiner New Directions £15.99 ‘When he looks back, the critic sees a eunuch’s shadow. Who would be a critic...