Books

My Sally Rooney conversion

15 May 2022 4:00 pm

I tried to dislike the writing of Sally Rooney. But I failed. I retain some resistance to Sally Rooney the…

‘I came, I saw, I scribbled’: Shane MacGowan on Bob Dylan, angels and his lifelong love of art

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Graeme Thomson talks to former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan about his first art folio

The chief characteristic so far has been nervousness: Chivalry reviewed

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Chivalry – written by and starring Sarah Solemani and Steve Coogan – is a comedy drama about post-#MeToo Hollywood life.…

A wonderfully unguarded podcast about the last bohemians

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Ordinarily, if a podcast purports to be revelatory, you can assume it is anything but. There’s a glut of programmes…

The cult of sensitivity

23 April 2022 9:00 am

I was extra pleased to have swerved the modern curse that is Wordle when I read that ‘sensitive’ words have…

The books that made me who I am

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Gstaad This is my last week in the Alps and I’m trying to get it all in – skiing, cross-country,…

Some of the best social commentary around: Celebrity Book Club with Steven & Lily reviewed

5 March 2022 9:00 am

When I was ten years old I had a babysitter who was a beautiful graduate student at an Ivy League…

In praise of the Dome

26 February 2022 9:00 am

We should learn to love our turn-of-the-millennium architecture, says Helen Barrett, starting with the Dome

Why don't I come with a trigger warning?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Last week brought the news that some universities have attached more ‘trigger warnings’ to certain books, concerned that students may…

Why do British galleries shun the humane, generous art of Ruskin Spear?

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Where do you see paintings by Ruskin Spear (1911–90)? In the salerooms mostly, because his work in public collections is…

Robert Harris on Boris Johnson, cancel culture and rehabilitating Chamberlain

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Nigel Jones talks to the writer Robert Harris about Blair, Johnson and Polanski, cancel culture and his quest to rehabilitate Neville Chamberlain

Meet climber, photographer and filmmaker extraordinaire Jimmy Chin

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Jimmy Chin is part Bear Grylls, part David Attenborough: he both climbs snow, ice and rock and films other mountaineers doing it too, writes Theo Zenou

In 1980s Bennington it was a badge of dishonour not to have slept with your professor

6 November 2021 9:00 am

It is incredibly hard to convey the fleeting invincibility and passionate self-significance that we feel on the cusp of adulthood.…

Fight club: when book groups turn nasty

30 October 2021 9:00 am

When book groups turn nasty

Granada’s Brideshead Revisited remains the sine qua non of mini-series

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Sumptuous, glorious, luminous, lavish: Granada’s 40-year-old adaptation of Brideshead Revisited remains the sine qua non of mini-series, says Mark McGinness

Dave Eggers cancels Amazon

5 October 2021 9:34 pm

Selling books through Amazon is now part and parcel of a working author’s life. It would be a brave writer…

Kate Clanchy and the new censorship in publishing

12 August 2021 1:00 am

‘There’s more than one way to burn a book’, wrote Ray Bradbury, in a coda to the 1979 edition of…

Why I gave up writing fiction

7 August 2021 9:00 am

When, three years ago, I announced my retirement from writing fiction, the only thing that surprised me was the surprise…

The best theatre podcasts

24 July 2021 9:00 am

All the world’s on stage again so where to go to for insight into what to see and why? Podcasts,…

Philip Roth in 1968 (Getty)

The rise of the 'sensitivity reader'

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Zoe Dubno on the rise of the ‘sensitivity reader’, a seductively cheap way for publishers to cancel-proof their books

Thoughtful and impeccable: Ken Burns's Hemingway reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Ken Burns made his name in 1990 with The Civil War, the justly celebrated 11-and-a-half-hour documentary series that gave America’s…

Nina Hamnett's art was every bit as riveting as her life

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Nina Hamnett’s art has long been overshadowed by her wild, hedonistic life, but that is changing, says Hermione Eyre — and about time

What Meghan Markle can learn from Enid Blyton

20 June 2021 10:15 am

The year is 2070 and English Heritage are unveiling their latest Blue Plaque: ‘The Duchess of Sussex, children’s author, lived…

Remembering David Storey, giant of postwar English culture

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Jasper Rees remembers David Storey, giant of postwar English culture and wry teller of tales, whose newly published memoir is perhaps his most remarkable work

How TikTok can turn a book into a bestseller

5 June 2021 9:00 am

How TikTok can make a book a bestseller