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
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
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