Amanda Craig is a critic, columnist and novelist. Her books include ‘A Vicious Circle’, ‘In a Dark Wood’ and ‘Hearts and Minds’ (Abacus, £8.99)
31 August 2014 12:00 AM
Though not itself perfect, his eighth novel embodied a high-water mark in modern (and Modernist) fiction
25 June 2014 12:00 AM
Doom-laden children’s books may impress prize juries, but it’s the ones that offer hope that will be remembered
24 June 2014 07:33 PM
Why has the Carnegie Prize honoured a work as depressing as ‘The Bunker Diary’
26 April 2014 11:00 PM
09 February 2014 12:00 AM
Hanif Kureishi: Back to his very best
02 February 2014 12:00 AM
Given our national obsession with property prices, Tim Walker’s novel is bound to hit a nerve. His fictional couple, the Manvilles, bought their large north London home at a knock-down price in the 1990s, and it became the key to two aspects of their family life. Jerry, a successful advertising executive, undertook all the original plumbing, electrical and redecoration work; Pen devised a series of popular children’s books, The House on the Hill, whose “cheeky brat with the ridiculous schemes” is modelled on, and named after, her real-life son Conrad: 15 years on, they have done a loft conversion, and divorced.
17 November 2013 12:00 AM
Derided or eulogised, 1950s womanhood has always featured women who were docile, old-fashioned, obsessed by baking. Rachel Cooke’s Her Brilliant Career tells another story, however, and one which, in the wake of Mad Men, is long overdue.
17 November 2013 12:00 AM
Malcolm Gladwell is infuriating. As each new book arrives, you think that surely the pop sociologist will have learned from the sneering at the previous ones – The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers – and created something more than another riff on one idea with cheaply told examples to pad it out. No, and certainly not with David and Goliath.
18 October 2013 07:00 PM
This opening shot in a set of updates hits its target – but is the Austen Project really necessary?
03 August 2013 06:00 PM
An insightful outsider's view of English public school? Well, almost
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
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