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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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...

The Weather Report

The Cloud Corporation Timothy Donnelly Picador £9.99 Poetry; Business; Corporations; The bible; Noah: these are, I kid you not, the keywords that will lead you to Timothy Donnelly...

The Critics: Adoring Venus

Adoring Venus Lorn Macintyre Self-Published The University Novel is dead. Previously boasting Nabokov and David Lodge among its many exponents, the genre, long considered moribund, now seems...

The Critics: The Bees

The Bees Carol Ann Duffy Picador I won’t be ashamed about my admiration for this book. It’s an unfamiliar and precious indulgence to review something I genuinely...