fri 07/05/2021

book reviews and features

Craig Taylor: New Yorkers - A City and Its People in Our Time review

Liz Thomson

For the last couple of years, until we were so rudely interrupted, I’d been spending chunks of the year in New York, a city I’ve come to know...

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Prix Pictet: Confinement review - a year in photographs

Florence Hallett

Sustainability and the environment are watchwords for the Prix Pictet, the international...

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Alan Warner: Kitchenly 434 review – dreams and delusions in the backwaters of fame

Boyd Tonkin

“They think it’s all drugs and sex up here, Mrs H.” “Bless me.” The reality, at Kitchenly Mill Race, runs more to a nice pot of Tetley’s and a plate of Gypsy Creams. But “people are funny around...

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Edward St Aubyn: Double Blind review - constructing 'cognition literature'

Charlie Stone

If it weren’t for the warning on the blurb, the first chapter of Double Blind would have you wondering whether you’d ordered something from the...

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Agustín Fernández Mallo: The Things We've Seen review - degrees of separation

Daniel Baksi

Trilogies (it is noted, in the term’s Wikipedia entry) “are common in speculative fiction”. They are found in...

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Extract from Sauntering: Writers Walk Europe, introduced and edited by Duncan Minshull

theartsdesk

Wandering, ambling, sauntering. The last, least heard of the three, captures a sense of leisurely aimlessness: a jolly meander unbound by destination, admitting none of the qualms of...

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Nina-Sophia Miralles: Glossy - debut author takes on Vogue and the Condé Nasties

Markie Robson-Scott

“Bringing out a luxury magazine in a blitzkrieg is rather like dressing for dinner in the jungle,” wrote Audrey Withers, editor of British Vogue, in December...

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Brenda Navarro: Empty Houses review - the pains and pressures of motherhood

Daniel Lewis

The horror novelist Sarah Langan recently compared motherhood to being treated like a game of Operation. “The point of the game is to correct us...

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Kazuo Ishiguro: Klara and the Sun review - what makes us human?

India Lewis

Unsettling, unremitting and psychologically stark, Klara and the Sun has all the hallmarks of a...

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Katherine Angel: Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again review – the complexities of consent

Lydia Bunt

Katherine Angel borrows the title of her latest book, Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again, from an essay by Foucault. The phrase parodies the supposed...

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