Anne Tyler

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French Braid by Anne Tyler review – rifts and reunions in Robin’s nest
The author continues to deftly mine the tensions and resentments of family life with a tender and sprawling saga set across six tumultuous decades

Anthony Cummins

07, Mar, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Top 10 books about family life | Stephen Walsh
From parents who meddle in their children’s relationships to ex-wives who loom over second marriages, families in fiction can be just as complicated as they are in real life

Stephen Walsh

18, Aug, 2021 @11:24 AM

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Anne Tyler: 'Up close you’ll always see things to be optimistic about'
Renowned for her extraordinary insights into ordinary lives, the award-winning novelist discusses family sagas and why she thinks she was a better writer when she was younger

Hadley Freeman

11, Apr, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Cultural clash: the trouble with writing about the lives of others
Authors are being attacked for telling stories about experiences that aren’t their own. But isn’t that the point of using the imagination?

Vanessa Thorpe

05, Apr, 2020 @7:35 AM

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Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler review – quietly profound
A master at chronicling the lives of ordinary people uncovers universal truths in a novel about a computer repair man

Clare Clark

02, Apr, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Redhead By the Side of the Road review – another gem from Anne Tyler
A mundane life is once again thrown into turmoil in the US writer’s best novel in some time

Julie Myerson

30, Mar, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Book clinic: what books can help me to love my enemies?
Buddhist wisdom and Anita Brookner help make sense of those annoying others

Julie Myerson

27, Jul, 2019 @5:00 PM

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Book clinic: which novels will help me cope with life’s hard knocks?
Diana Athill, Anne Tyler and Elizabeth Strout all provide wisdom and humour in times of need

Julie Myerson

09, Mar, 2019 @6:00 PM

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Fights, booze and murder: Julie Myerson’s favourite family gatherings from literature
From Shirley Jackson’s arsenic-laced dinner to David Sedaris’s essay about his sister’s death, family get-togethers make for dramatic reading

Julie Myerson

17, Dec, 2018 @6:29 AM

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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler review – an old friend stuck in neutral
The Baltimore author’s 22nd book has familiar comforts, but lacks narrative drive

Julie Myerson

24, Jul, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Anne Tyler: ‘Wuthering Heights strikes me as silly’
The American author on dreams of escape, her favourite new writers and why she doesn’t share the love for Elena Ferrante

Lisa O'Kelly

14, Jul, 2018 @5:00 PM

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Top 10 runaway mothers in fiction
From Nancy Mitford’s ‘the Bolter’ – so named for her serial monogamy – to the mother of Kramer vs Kramer, here are the best mums on the run

Laura Lippman

21, Mar, 2018 @9:51 AM

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