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Thursday, January 17, 2019

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...

The Last Years of Edward Thomas

Matthew Hollis’s biography of Edward Thomas weaves literary and personal history with poetic sensitivity. Hollis will be reading at the Stanza Poetry festival on Saturday...

The Critics: Sidereal

Sidereal Rachel Boast Picador £8.99 Sidereal: ‘Of or pertaining to the stars.’ Sidereal, however, is a bit more terrestrial than its title might suggest. It probably isn’t necessary...

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

As a child of the Harry Potter generation I’ve always thought that there would only be one “young adult” writer for me - and...

The Critics: Blue Nights

Joan Didion Knopf £14.99 Within twenty months, Joan Didion lost both her husband John and her daughter Quintana. These unexpected and devastating losses prompted two memoirs: The...

St Andrews Scandal and The Birth of Photography

The Beginning and The End Of The World Robert Crawford Birlinn Limited £16.99   It was enchanting and surreal, an amalgamation of art and science in a visual medium...

‘Kinsella-brate’ and have a good time

Armour John Kinsella Picador £7.49   John Kinsella is a poet with few aesthetic pieties. His new collection, Armour, will be irritating to anyone attempting to fold him into...

The Critics: Damned

Damned Chuck Palahniuk Picador £9.99 Chuck Palahniuk is not America’s best writer, but he is America’s most dependable writer. Every year, like a clockwork orgasm, he ejaculates a...

‘Posh-Bingo’: The Man-Bookers

The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes Jonathan Cape £12.99 (Man Booker Prize, 2011) Nemesis Philip Roth Vintage £8.99 (Man Booker International Prize, 2011) We want people to buy and read these...