Sam Jordison is the author of Sod That: 103 Things Not to Do Before You Die and co-editor of Crap Town
19 February 2015 03:00 PM
This book – this astonishing, beautiful book – was published in the USA in 1994. I mention this not out of any interest in its chronology, but to register astonishment. How can it not have been published in the UK until now? How can we have missed it?
Where I'm Reading From: The Changing World of Books by Tim Parks - book review: Talented if flawed investigation of why reading matters
19 November 2014 12:00 AM
If I had to name two of the most irritating trends in contemporary publishing I'd probably jump on: 1) the recent proliferation of books with titles taken from Raymond Carver story collections and 2) the deluge of self-congratulatory books about the act of reading itself. My initial reaction to Tim Parks' Where I'm Reading From was therefore a predictable Will You Please Be Quiet?
11 September 2014 02:00 PM
Eleven years after his death in 2003, Roberto Bolaño books are still hitting the shelves. His executors are doing a good job of prolonging his afterlife – but some might question how much they are helping his literary reputation.
Classic re-issues: From Cider with Rosie to Shakespeare's Montaigne - fresh outings for the gifts that keep on giving
26 June 2014 04:00 PM
It isn't just new books that can spring surprises. The Cyberiad (Penguin, £9.99), a collection of stories from Stanislaw Lem first published in Polish in 1965, knocked me sideways. I only really knew about Lem because of Solaris, the masterful (and determinedly laugh-free) film by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, and the rather ponderous translation of the source novel that found its way to the UK in the 1970s.
20 November 2013 06:03 PM
The city has even, I was told, got rid of its notorious pong
09 June 2012 12:00 AM
Sam Jordison first identified Britain's ‘Crap Towns’ 10 years ago. Could time improve them? He revisits previously dull and decrepit Morecambe to find out.
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 100,000 back our campaign
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 3 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 4 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train