Books

Book review: The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

The subject of motherhood has preoccupied much of Moss’s career as a novelist. In Night Waking an academic is torn between her work and her family; while the late 19th-century-set Bodies of Light, and it’s sequel, Signs for Lost Children, examine the debilitating long-term effects of a toxic mother-daughter relationship. By comparison, Moss’s new novel, The Tidal Zone, is marked by a change of perspective: that of a stay-at-home father.

The rise in 'literary' crime novels

There's absolutely nothing wrong with crime fiction that has no deeper ambition than to keep the reader turning the pages. But it’s nice to have added value with a writer who is concerned with the quality of their prose – not at the expense of storytelling momentum, but taking that extra iota of care over language.

From Jane Austen to George RR Martin: the novella is back

Small but perfectly formed: the novella is back. The slim little sister of your regular novel, a novella is usually defined as coming in under 50,000 words. But any long short story or short novel may slip into the category. 

Cruise, Child, Reacher (and me)

Lee Child – British, author of the Jack Reacher series and a multi-millionaire – has a cameo role in the new Reacher film starring Tom Cruise. When the big beasts met on set, Child’s amanuensis was there to watch 

10 of the best lines from Pride and Prejudice

Jean Burnett is the author of Who Needs Mr Darcy? To celebrate the release of her latest work The Bad Miss Bennet abroad - here she chooses 10 of the best lines from perhaps what is Jane Austen's best-loved work, Pride and Prejudice.