Jonathan McAloon

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…