Some great authors have published their worst works from beyond the grave. A few though, keep getting better when they’re dead, such as the Chilean novelist and short story writer, Roberto Bolaño. His seminal five-part novel, 2666, came out posthumously, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and convinced the world he was not just a master of the short form but could put out his life’s best work at nearly 900 pages, even after death.
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Friday 08 March 2013
'I've promised myself I'll meet Mickey'
Sunday 17 February 2013
Till ordinary life does us part ...
Friday 15 February 2013
A master of 'lit-crit' dissects the mechanics of good and bad writing in this essay collection.
Sunday 10 February 2013
He was a boxing writer whose vivid, funny pieces helped establish The Independent on Sunday
Sunday 10 February 2013
Seven Years' War, run like clockwork
Thursday 17 January 2013
Actor Ian Hart is set to play John Lennon for the third time in a one-off television show that imagines the legendary musician walked out on The Beatles in 1962 just before they became famous.
Tuesday 04 December 2012
Comic Vic Reeves is to take a guest role as a butler who gets bumped off in a new Miss Marple TV drama.
Saturday 24 November 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
Sunday 04 November 2012
Tuesday 30 October 2012
A bibliographer set to work on Elspeth Barker's slim-line oeuvre would probably finish the job in a morning.
Wednesday 24 October 2012
Is it acceptable to talk on the phone when you're sitting on the toilet? The American humourist David Sedaris says not, though his sister Tiffany would beg to differ. "Don't mind me," she has been known to say, with the strained tone of someone engaging in heavy lifting, while clasping the phone to her ear. "I'm just… trying to get… the lid… off this… jar."
Monday 22 October 2012
The 007-fan was tasked with condensing the classic series in a way that would appeal to both diehard and new readers
Saturday 20 October 2012
The population of Norwich in the early Eighties was not ethnically diverse. So when my family – Mauritian in origin – moved to the city, to what was then a white working-class area, we were objects of some suspicion. Perhaps a kinder word would have been "curiosity". Certainly it never got worse than name-calling – the ubiquitous "Paki" shouted across the street. This didn't bother me.
Friday 19 October 2012
As a satire of British public life, The Thick of It, is widely admired. But when it was revealed that the comedy would pillory public inquiries, it seems the Leveson Inquiry into press standards suffered a sense of humour failure.
Sunday 14 October 2012
The acute sensitivity that makes a great novelist can also result in a vivid but bristling, score-settling autobiography
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Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
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Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
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