In the November 17 print edition of Hindustan Times, I wrote a piece about Philip Roth and his decision to not write any longer. Read more

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Serena Frome (rhymes with ‘plume’) is a beautiful Cambridge mathematics graduate, who, after a brief affair with a professor, is, through him, recruited by MI5. Read more

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The blurb of my edition of Stet — Diana Athill’s riveting, funny and must-read memoir about her 50-odd years as one of London’s best-known publishers — has this quote from the Washington Times: “Athill has written a book that should please anyone who cares about 20th century literature and its creators.” Read more

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This is, as with most things to do with this blog, selective and arbitrary. Given that we are in the second week of the last month of the last year of the decade known as the noughties, some stock taking is necessary. But I am terrible at taking stick, awful at anthologizing, because I feel guilty about leaving things out. Read more

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