An insight into the American Dream: Table for Two, by Amor Towles, reviewed

22 June 2024 9:00 am

Recent short stories and a novella all feature protagonists in pursuit of an ambition that puts them in varying degrees of peril

Even the greatest tennis players need to be adored

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Louis MacNeice once wrote that if you want to know what chasing the Grail is like, ask Lancelot not Galahad.…

Is there a moral difference between an NDA and blackmail?

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Reader, may I call you John? Now imagine, John, that you are my employer and I know (or claim) that…

Circe has been recast as the girl next door – it’s a sign of the times

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When poor old battered Odysseus landed on Circe’s island having lost all his ships (except his flagship) when he tangled…

Umberto Eco really tries our patience

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Colonna, the protagonist of Umberto Eco’s latest novel, is the first to admit he is a loser. A middle-aged literary…

Curtain call for Ruth Rendell

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Ruth Rendell’s final novel, Dark Corners, is about how psychological necessity can drive perfectly ordinary people either to terrible deeds…