Jonathan Gibbs reviews books for The Independent and elsewhere. He recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at UEA and is working on a novel.
10 April 2014 04:51 PM
Richard Powers has written about classical music before (in The Time of Our Singing and The Gold Bug Variations) and about genetics (in Generosity, and Gold Bug again). Yet it would be rash to say that this new novel is his most complete exploration of those themes, if only because he will probably go ahead and write an even more complete one.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler - book review: 'Convoluted family affair doesn't quite hit home'
25 March 2014 12:00 AM
Karen Joy Fowler's novel is built in such a way as to make it peculiarly difficult to write about. Anyone who has read it might forgive me for simply reporting that it is an intricate and humane story about families, and the damage that good intentions can do, and leaving it at that.
19 March 2014 12:00 AM
Anna Hope's novel is set over the five days in November 1920 when the body of the Unknown Warrior was transported from its first grave, somewhere in France, to be reinterred in Westminster Abbey on Armistice Day. While this solemn journey forms the backdrop to the story, its real focus is on three Londoners who, between them, show some of the different responses to the aftermath of the Great War.
14 March 2014 03:00 PM
20 November 2013 12:00 AM
A literary thriller and 3D puzzle book to get lost in
11 October 2013 07:00 PM
This epic chronicle of bands and genres shows that great pop feeds a craving for community
07 September 2013 10:22 AM
Rich in patterns and echoes, this vast novel wraps urgent stories of war in distracting riddles
Book review: From the Fatherland, With Love, By Ryu Murakami, trans. Ralph McCarthy, Charles de Wolf and Ginny Tapley Takemori
09 August 2013 07:30 PM
A resonant and timely 'procedural thriller' on a fictional invasion by North Korea
12 July 2013 07:00 PM
Inspired by Orwell, another unique voice tells her tale
Google Doodle: Maurice Sendak's 85th birthday commemorated with 'Where The Wild Things Are' animation
10 June 2013 03:02 AM
Much-loved illustrator and author, who died last year, honoured with Doodle
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
- 1 World Cup 2014: 20 things we learned in Brazil
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 3 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 World Cup 2014: Robin van Persie gives his bronze medal to eccentric Netherlands fan moments after being handed it by Sepp Blatter