city life

Sweet and sour: Barcelona Dreaming, by Rupert Thomson, reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

I’ve never been to Barcelona, but Rupert Thomson makes it feel like an old friend. The hot, airless nights and…

An independent observer: Whereabouts, by Jhumpa Lahiri, reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

After falling in love with Italy as a young woman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri broke with English and…

The ultimate New York parking novel

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Publishing a ‘New York’ novel in the months after 11 September 2001 is a surefire, if accidental, way to make…