From The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, to The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray
Charles Saatchi’s history of advertising includes breathtaking images and slogans, yet lacks any real analysis, says Arifa Akbar
This sexual bildungsroman reads more like a bedtime story than a tale of erotic awakening
Here are some of 2015's finest books to fire the imagination, engage the grey matter and invigorate the spirit over the festive period
The Booker Prize winner's oft-rejected, ultra-violent debut novel powerfully blurs good and evil, writes Arifa Akbar
The 2015 Booker Prize winner Marlon James has been dubbed the literary Quentin Tarantino. He opens up about writing to shock, growing up gay in Jamaica and why there’s no such thing as the Great American Novel
Marlon James’s third novel is such a stand-out winner, in both its bold form and equally bold subject matter
A journalist, playwright and screenwriter, Alexievich’s oeuvre is dominated by her intrepid and beautifully researched works of non-fiction
Is Moby Dick too long? Should its editor have cut out the natural science on whales or long tracts on nautical engineering?
When Linda discovered her husband, David, was having an affair with a young actress, she didn’t stand by her man, or go lingerie-shopping in hope to win him back (this was the 1960s). She filed for divorce. The mistress got bored and David promptly ran back to Linda, only to find her with a new man – a Hollywood big cheese – who, in the parlance of this fiction, could keep it in his trousers. David hit the bottle. The women went on to greater things. The End.
There are various points of contention in this year’s Man Booker shortlist – age (five out of six are aged between 28 and 46), America (four out of six live over there), anti-establishmentarianism (all the “revered” men and women of letters have been stripped out, bar Anne Tyler). But the biggest, most interesting, controversy surely comes in the choice of one book which has divided the critics – it seems – like no other.
Anne Hathaway’s book group has got off to a rocky start. Having thought it a good way to stay “in the friendship loop” with Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, she became unstuck when her friends couldn’t ‘loop’ in the time to read the book (but hopefully turned up to complain about life with a brand new copy of the book and some plonk anyway). As she explained to Glamour magazine: “I said, ‘Let’s all read this book!’ But I’m not working and they are, so it’s not going very well.”
Also Sufjan Stevens, David Hare and John Chamberlain
Once a jet-set private playground, Argironisos now welcomes a rather different clientele. Arifa Akbar limbers up among its devotees
Once a jet-set private playground, Argironisos now welcomes a rather different clientele
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