Jonathan McAloon

The fitness fetish: The Motion of the Body Through Space, by Lionel Shriver, reviewed

13 June 2020 9:00 am

In her 2010 novel So Much for That, Lionel Shriver examined the American healthcare system with a spiky sensitivity. Big…

Nicola Barker

Fun and games: I Am Sovereign, by Nicola Barker, reviewed

27 July 2019 9:00 am

In 2017’s Goldsmiths Prize-winning novel H(A)PPY, Nicola Barker strewed pages with multicoloured text. The Cauliflower, her joyful previous offering, employed…

It happened one summer: Bitter Orange, by Claire Fuller, reviewed

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Approaching her death, and the end of Claire Fuller’s third novel, Frances Jellico — for the most part a stickler…

A love letter to the short story

30 June 2018 9:00 am

On a recent Guardian podcast, Chris Power — who has written a short story column in the Guardian for a…

Looking back, losing bits

16 September 2017 9:00 am

As Roddy Doyle’s 12th novel begins, Victor Forde, a washed-up writer, has returned to the part of Dublin where he…

Life classes

1 July 2017 9:00 am

It has taken much of a celebrated literary life for Elif Batuman to produce a novel. At the beginning of…

Adam Driver as Adam Sackler, the most unsparingly but sensitively drawn modern male to grace the small screen this decade

Let’s hear it for the boys

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Girls creator Lena Dunham has received criticism from all sides. Detractors on the right see her as an exhibitionist provocateur.…

Murky subjects, misty settings

3 September 2016 9:00 am

A short-story renaissance has been promised since 2013. That year Alice Munro won the Nobel, Lydia Davis won the Booker…

Manhattan transfer

18 June 2016 8:00 am

Good historical fiction takes more than research. Henry James once said that writers needed to shed everything that made them…