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Lydia Davis: ‘I write it the way I want to write it’
The author on flash fiction, translation as a route to creativity, and why we need to prioritise the climate crisis over ‘business as usual with writing’

Anthony Cummins

27, Nov, 2021 @6:00 PM

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The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk review – a magical mystic tour
The Nobel prize winner’s intriguing account of Jacob Frank, an 18th-century Jewish religious thinker hailed as the Messiah

Anthony Cummins

21, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Mary Gaitskill: ‘I have a nuanced mind, for better and worse’
The novelist and essayist on the disturbing power of Lolita, her regard for John Cheever, and her aversion to simplistic arguments

Anthony Cummins

06, Nov, 2021 @6:00 PM

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The Young HG Wells review – the shape of things to come
Claire Tomalin’s restrained biography of the prolific writer and philanderer’s early years lets readers reach their own verdict on his life and deeds

Anthony Cummins

02, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Silverview by John le Carré review – the last complete masterwork?
The great spy novelist’s final full-length book is a precision-tooled cat and mouse chase from a bookshop in East Anglia to the old eastern bloc

Anthony Cummins

12, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Burntcoat by Sarah Hall review – sex on the eve of destruction
A sculptor recalls her fling with a restaurateur as the world succumbs to a deadly virus in Hall’s urgent lockdown tale

Anthony Cummins

04, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The Magician by Colm Tóibín review – a difficult Mann to know
This dramatisation of Thomas Mann’s private and public life never quite convinces as biography or fiction

Anthony Cummins

26, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Anthony Doerr: ‘Rather than write what I know, I write what I want to know’
The Pulitzer winner on why his new novel is partly set in medieval Constantinople, the Netflix adaptation of All the Light We Cannot See and his childhood love of the Narnia books

Anthony Cummins

18, Sep, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney review – author of her own discontent
Despite the dazzling dialogue and familiar delights, Rooney’s story of a young prize-winning writer is her most demanding book to date

Anthony Cummins

05, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Lauren Elkin: ‘I felt like I was in De Beauvoir’s body’
The author of Flâneuse on the Les Mis fan fiction she wrote in her youth, her new book written on the bus, and the thrill of translating a Simone de Beauvoir novel

Anthony Cummins

28, Aug, 2021 @5:00 PM

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The Women of Troy by Pat Barker review – a Troy story for the sisterhood
Moving from Homer to Virgil, Pat Barker’s second feminist reboot of the classics is a stirring adventure set amid a misogynist dystopia

Anthony Cummins

22, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Speak, Silence: In Search of WG Sebald by Carole Angier review – the artful master of repressed memories
This spectacular, meticulously researched biography reveals how the singular German author blurred the boundaries between fact and fiction to illuminate the horrors of the Holocaust

Anthony Cummins

15, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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