Book review – fiction

Butcher's Crossing is not at all like Stoner — but it's just as superbly written

18 January 2014 9:00 am

John Williams’s brilliant 1965 novel, Stoner, was republished last year by Vintage to just, if surprisingly widespread, acclaim and went…

An utterly charming, totally bonkers short novel

4 January 2014 9:00 am

This utterly charming, totally bonkers short novel is something from another age. There are elements of A Handful of Dust…

The food of love

4 January 2014 9:00 am

The Albek Duo are two astonishingly beautiful and talented Venetian musicians, Fiona and Ambra, who are identical twins. Hearing the…

The best children's books for Christmas

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Animal stories for children are always tricky; as J.R.R. Tolkien observed in his essay on fairy stories, you can end…

Should Elizabeth Jane Howard have brought back the Cazalets?

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Some years ago, a woman wrote to Dear Mary, at the back of this periodical, with an unusual problem: she…

Marriage Material, by Sathnam Sanghera - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Sathnam Sanghera, in his family memoir The Boy with the Topknot, heaped much largely affectionate contempt and ridicule on his…

A Bright Moon for Fools, by Jasper Gibson - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Harry Christmas, the central character of this bitterly funny debut novel, is a middle- aged, overweight alcoholic, with no friends…