Superficial but fun, this satire describes life for Chinese old money and nouveaux
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Sunday 17 June 2012
By the start of the 21st century it seemed that readability had become a liability; surely award-winners lacked complexity if their books were too accessible? Happily this attitude is now passing, and lucid writing is once more being recognised as a desirable literary trait, which may partly explain why Pamela Hansford Johnson's work is coming back into print (the other reason is that ebooks provide an affordable route to republication).
Thursday 14 June 2012
As novelist and critic, American writer Francine Prose has always gloried in a robust wit and heretical spirit that set her at odds with the po-faced pieties of the US literary scene.
Saturday 02 June 2012
The American crime writer James Sallis – whose novel Drive was turned into the 2011 Hollywood film with Ryan Gosling – faced a welcome complication when he set about writing the just-released sequel, Driven.
Saturday 26 May 2012
This mash-up of fiction biography and social history creatively mimics our retail frenzy.
Monday 21 May 2012
There is a bloody battle afoot in the world of crime fiction. Few would deny that the status quo in the fictional worlds of murder and detection these days is a grim and gritty one, with operatic levels of violence practically obligatory. And this isn't just the male practitioners of the genre; many female writers now cheerfully out-Herod Herod when it comes to upping the body count.
Wednesday 16 May 2012
Carlos Fuentes, one of Latin America's best-known authors and a critic of governments in Mexico and the US, died yesterday after a literary career spanning more than five decades. He was 83.
Sunday 13 May 2012
In celebration of the woman who scared my mother
Sunday 22 April 2012
Reasons to be cheerful
Sunday 22 April 2012
Out of America: The judges have decided not to make an award for the best work of fiction – literary folk are not happy
Thursday 12 April 2012
William Boyd, the celebrated author and James Bond enthusiast, is to step into Ian Fleming’s shoes and send Britain’s most famous fictional spy out on a new mission.
Sunday 25 March 2012
A bit of a departure this week, to celebrate the British Library's championing of forgotten authors. The jewel in their crown is the republication of the world's first detective novel, The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams, which had been serialised in the magazine Once A Week between 1862 and 1863.
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