Stuart Kelly

Ceannabeinne, the now ruined village near Durness in the Scottish Highland, was a thriving community before the Clearances. Credit: Getty Images

Were the Highland Clearances really a byword for infamy?

20 October 2018 9:00 am

There is a degree of irony in the opening chapter of T.M. Devine’s history, lambasting popular previous depictions of the…

What does John Gray’s anti-atheism amount to?

21 April 2018 9:00 am

K. Chesterton, in one of his wise and gracious apothegms, once wrote that ‘When Man ceases to worship God he…

More menace – and magic – on the moors

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney was one of the surprise stand-outs of last year, and a worthy winner of the…

Elegiac and exuberant: short stories from Philip Hensher and Helen Oyeyemi

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Discussions about the short story too often fall into a false dichotomy that can be characterised, in essence, by a…

‘Take then thy bond, take thou thy pound of flesh...’ (From The Merchant of Venice)

O, vengeance! Why, what an ass am I!

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Given this year’s 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, there was always going to be a slew of new publications; few,…

Robert Lowell c. 1940

Love, Robert Lowell and poetic licence

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The conceit of this book — the author’s third on Robert Lowell — is strong, although its execution is less…

Why on earth did Jeanette Winterson agree to retell Shakespeare's Winter’s Tale?

3 October 2015 9:00 am

It is fair to say that Jeanette Winterson is not Shakespeare, though I cannot imagine why any authors would accept…

Wrangles over the Rust Belt

4 July 2015 9:00 am

In the opening sentence of this subtle and finely poised novel, the narrator, Greg Marnier, known as ‘Marny’, admits that…

Seeds of a mystery in a great-aunt’s will

27 June 2015 9:00 am

There is something cruelly beautiful, delightfully frustrating and filthily gorgeous about a Scarlett Thomas novel. Two family trees open and…

All roads lead to Blackpool in Andrew O’Hagan’s latest novel, The Illuminations

21 February 2015 9:00 am

The illuminations of Andrew O’Hagan’s fifth novel are both metaphysical and mundane. In the course of its taut plot, they…