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book reviews and features

Sheila Heti: Alphabetical Diaries review - an A-Z of inner life

India Lewis

After a first read of the blurb for Sheila Heti’s Alphabetical Diaries, you might be forgiven for assuming that this is merely a gimmick.

The book does what it says on the tin: each...

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David Harsent: Skin review - our strange surfaces

Jack Barron

David Harsent has won a lot of prizes. From the Eric Gregory to the T. S. Eliot, he has carved out a literary career positively glittering...

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Brian Klaas: Fluke review - why things happen, and can we stop them?

Bernard Hughes

One day in the early 90s I accepted the offer of a lift from a friend to a university open day I hadn’t been planning to go to. I ended up attending that university and there met my wife, and if I...

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Richard Schoch: Shakespeare's House review - nothing ill in such a temple

Lia Rockey

Richard Schoch, in the subtitle of his new book on Shakespeare’s House, promises something big: “a window onto his life and legacy.” To the disgruntled reader – pushed to the brink...

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Richard Dorment: Warhol After Warhol review - beyond criticism

Alice Brewer

2023 was a good year for Andy Warhol post-mortems: after Nicole Flattery’s Nothing Special, after...

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Best of 2023: Books

theartsdesk

From wandering Rachmaninoff to Ulysses tribute, or a poet’s boyhood in Dundee to sleeplessness and arboreal inner lives, our reviewers share their literary picks from 2023.

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First Person: novelist Pip Adam on the sound of injustice

Pip Adam

I know it rattles me, so I try to prepare for it. But I am never fully prepared for the noise.

The correctional facilities I have visited over the last 30 years are noisy places. A secure...

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Angela Leighton: Something, I Forget review - the art of letting go

Hugh Barnes

Half way through Something, I Forget, in a poem entitled “Returns”, and subtitled “Invasion of Ukraine,...

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Mathias Énard: The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers' Guild review - a man of infinite death

Issy Brooks-Ward

"Death, as a general statement, is so easy of utterance, of belief", wrote Amy Levy, "it is only when we come face to face with it that we find the great mystery so cruelly hard to realise; for...

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Anne Michaels: Held review - one story across time

Lucy Thynne

Near the end of My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout’s prize-winning 2016 novel, a creative writing teacher tells Lucy, ‘you will...

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