The Great Gatsby

The golden age of nightclubs

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

I find myself detached from mainstream culture. It started with the demise of nightclubs like Annabel’s and the arrival of…

Haruki Murakami. Credit Elena Seibert

Gatsby in Japan: Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Murakami, reviewed

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore was published in Japan in February last year. Early press releases for this English version hailed…

Taki, the greatest literary critic of our time, picks Fitzgerald’s greatest novel

30 May 2015 9:00 am

An operation on my hand after a karate injury has had me reading more than usual. I even attempted Don…

Left to right: Piers Paul Read, Derek Marlowe, Peter Bergman and Tom Stoppard, members of Literarisches Colloquium

Before we were famous: Tom Stoppard describes sharing a bedsit in Sixties London with Derek Marlowe

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Tom Stoppard recalls bedsit days in Sixties London with his laconic friend Derek Marlowe, as they both embarked on a life of writing

From Russia with love

The Great Gatsby meets Fifty Shades of Oligarch

18 April 2015 9:00 am

It’s surprising there haven’t been more novels drawing on London’s fascination with Russian oligarchs. But how to write about them…

Warning: these books could seriously damage your health

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Welcome to 2015, the year that speaking and writing freely had to stop. Anything that might cause trauma to anyone…