The Wendy Award by Walter Scott review – the voice of a bewildered generation | Fiction

The Wendy Award by Walter Scott review – the voice of a bewildered generation | Fiction

My enjoyment of Walter Scott’s brilliant Wendy books, in which a millennial arts graduate with a self-destructive streak as wide as the Yukon River pings like a pinball around various Canadian cities,... Read more »
‘People say my book gave them a panic attack’: When We Cease to Understand the World author Benjamín Labatut | Fiction

‘People say my book gave them a panic attack’: When We Cease to Understand the World author Benjamín Labatut | Fiction

“I know you’re trying to skirt around it,” says Benjamín Labatut when I put to him that his books concern people of unworldly intelligence working on problems that are maximally deep, “but the... Read more »
‘People say my book gave them a panic attack’: When We Cease to Understand the World author Benjamín Labatut | Fiction

New Sincerity: American Fiction in the Neoliberal Age

The years 1989–2008 were an era of neoliberal hegemony in US politics, economy, and culture. Post*45 scholar Adam Kelly argues that American novelists who began their careers during these years—specifically the post-baby... Read more »
The Wendy Award by Walter Scott review – the voice of a bewildered generation | Fiction

Jeremy Cooper: ‘My agent strongly advised me against writing fiction’ | Fiction

Jeremy Cooper, 77, was born in Dorset and lives in Somerset. An art historian who served as a guest expert on the Antiques Roadshow between 1979 and 1981, he’s the author of... Read more »
The best translated fiction – review roundup | Fiction in translation

The best translated fiction – review roundup | Fiction in translation

Clean by Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated by Sophie Hughes (4th Estate, £16.99)There’s no hanging about in Chilean author Alia Trabucco Zerán’s third novel, which opens with images of rabbits being frightened to... Read more »
Six ‘bold and playful’ novels shortlisted for Waterstones debut fiction prize | Books

Six ‘bold and playful’ novels shortlisted for Waterstones debut fiction prize | Books

Six “bold and playful” novels, including The Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley and Greta and Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly, have been shortlisted for the Waterstones debut fiction prize. Now in... Read more »
“The Morningside,” Reviewed: When the Apocalypse Is Just Another Day

“The Morningside,” Reviewed: When the Apocalypse Is Just Another Day

Good old apocalypse: it’s always there when we need it, ready to give shape to our baggy existential crises. As the critic Frank Kermode once wrote, the end times are a “concord-fiction,”... Read more »
VV Ganeshananthan and Naomi Klein win Women’s prizes for fiction and nonfiction | Women’s prizes

VV Ganeshananthan and Naomi Klein win Women’s prizes for fiction and nonfiction | Women’s prizes

Doppelganger by Guardian US columnist Naomi Klein has become the inaugural winner of the Women’s prize for nonfiction, while Brotherless Night by VV Ganeshananthan has been named winner of the fiction prize.... Read more »
The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror – reviews roundup | Fiction

The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror – reviews roundup | Fiction

You Like It Darker by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton, £25)This new collection of 12 stories opens with Two Talented Bastids, which questions how two ordinary guys from a small town in... Read more »
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