Tim Martin

A dense, angry fable

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Set partly in a future surveillance society, partly in ancient Carthage and 1970s Ethiopia, partly in contemporary Greece and London…

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Unearthly powers

21 October 2017 9:00 am

This delightfully good-humoured novel is the sort of genre scramble that doesn’t often work: there’s a bit of 1990s family…

Madness in Manhattan

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Life has far more imagination than we do, says the epigraph from Truffaut that opens Salman Rushdie’s 12th novel —…

Don DeLillo foresees the imminent death of death

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Cults, the desert, natural disasters. Artists, bankers, terrorists. Cash machines, food packaging, secret installations. Mediaspeak and scientific jargon. Crowds and…

Is China Miéville becoming a bit too inscrutable?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

China Miéville’s work is invariably clever, inevitably dense and usually interwoven with hard-left political and social concerns, but its author…

This novel is hilarious (unless you're Richard Dawkins)

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Dan Rhodes apparently had trouble finding a publisher for this short novel, and it’s possible to envisage a certain amount…

A book that rattles like a pressure-cooker with anger, outrage, frustration and spleen

3 October 2015 9:00 am

‘You understand, Lenú, what happens to people: we have too much stuff inside and it swells us, breaks us.’ The…

The Making of Zombie Wars is Aleksandar Hemon at his hilarious best

12 September 2015 9:00 am

In the afterword to this sixth book, Aleksandar Hemon dedicates a word of thanks to his agent for keeping a…

The gangs of LA are caught in an unending bloody vendetta

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Ryan Gattis’s novel All Involved is set in South Central Los Angeles in 1992, during the riots that began after…

Things fall apart in Denis Johnson’s latest novel of madness and anarchy in Sierra Leone

28 March 2015 9:00 am

‘I’ve come back because I love the mess. Anarchy. Madness. Things falling apart.’ The lines belong to Roland Nair, one…

Cowboys and Muslims: that’s the new global power struggle, according to the latest great American novel

10 January 2015 9:00 am

‘I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: if you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.’ When ‘The…