Jude Cook

Hanif Kureishi – portrait of the artist as a young man

13 January 2024 9:00 am

Descriptions of the gifted author tearing up the literary landscape of the late 20th century are deeply poignant when set alongside Kureishi’s recent despatches from hospital

The difficulties faced by identical twins

7 October 2023 9:00 am

Being the genetic copy of another human not only presents problems of individuality but offers a ‘rare form of experimental control’, says William Viney

A troubling Eden

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Scandal engulfs a female rector when her chief bellringer is accused of child-molesting and paintings in the parish church are judged sacrilegious

The lady vanishes: Collected Works, by Lydia Sandgren, reviewed

15 April 2023 9:00 am

When Cecilia disappears, her husband and children are left haunted by the mystery – until a character in a German novel strikes the daughter as strangely familiar

A treasury of wisdom about the writing life

18 January 2023 10:00 pm

In the penultimate entry of Toby Litt’s A Writer’s Diary, an autofictional daily record of a writer named Toby Litt…

Planning a New Jerusalem: The Peckham Experiment, by Guy Ware, reviewed

19 November 2022 9:00 am

Twin brothers sponsor a radical building programme in postwar Britain – but the collapse of a tower block raises questions of conscience and accountability

Inside New India: Run and Hide, by Pankaj Mishra, reviewed

19 February 2022 9:00 am

The first novel in more than 20 years from the essayist and cultural analyst Pankaj Mishra is as sharp, provocative…

The first Cambridge spy: A Fine Madness, by Alan Judd, reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

For his 15th novel, the espionage writer Alan Judd turns his hand to the mystery of Christopher Marlowe’s death. The…

Eliminate the positive: Come Join Our Disease, by Sam Byers, reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Sam Byers’s worryingly zeitgeisty second novel, Perfidious Albion, imagined a post-Brexit dystopia dominated by global tech companies, corrupt spin doctors,…

The children’s hour: first novels brim with close family observations

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Kiley Reid’s Philadelphia-set debut, Such a Fun Age (Bloomsbury, £12.99), is a satire on white saviour syndrome, woke culture and…

The latest first novels are full of romantic misadventure

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Andrew Ridker’s The Altruists (Viking, £20) is a Jewish family saga of academic parents and grown-up offspring. From this rather…

Six of the best short story collections

6 January 2018 9:00 am

While the short story is currently under-going one of its periods of robust, if not rude, health, its two dominant…

Appointment with death

6 May 2017 9:00 am

It’s reassuring that of Ed Docx’s three admirably eclectic, though sometimes uneven, previous novels, Let Go My Hand most resembles…

Nine angst-ridden men

16 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Insufficiency’ is a favourite David Szalay word. The narrator of his previous novel, Spring, suffered from ‘insufficiency of feeling’; in…

The heavens are falling

20 February 2016 9:00 am

The dystopian novel in which a Ballardian deluge or viral illness transforms planet Earth has become something of a sub-genre,…