Jonathan Gibbs reviews books for The Independent and elsewhere. His novel Randall, about the contemporary art world and the fate of the YBAs, is published by Galley Beggar Press. He blogs on this aspect of his writing at tinycamels.wordpress.com
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
22 May 2013 07:30 PM
Get beyond the vaguer-than-vague title and this is some book: a minor-key masterpiece of restraint, invention and the fine art of keeping expectations deliberately low, then elegantly surpassing them. Nostalgia is set in the fictitious Tuscany town of Castelluccio, home to expat British painter Gideon Westfall, a successful but defiantly unfashionable exponent of neo-Neo-Classicism .
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
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