If you are reading this, I can assume that you are, rather than a casual punter, an evolved reader, and that you are not one for whom I need to explain what one of the most talked-about and biggest book of the year is about. Read more

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Trashing writers – trashing some of England’s leading writers, no less – is what Gabriel Josipovici felt like doing at the end of last month. Read more

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I’d promised you last week, so here you are: the books of the decade that made it to our lists of the best fiction/poetry and non-fiction by Indian writers in English (or in English translation). Read more

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There is something fundamentally dysfunctional in me that makes me relate to cities and absorb their character as much from the literature about them as from their physical presence.

Long before I moved to Bombay in the autumn of 2005, the city had seeped into my consciousness from the fictions of Salman Rushdie, Vikram Chandra, Amit Chaudhuri and Rohinton Mistry. Shortly after I moved here, I wrote about the Bombay that I knew from books, and the one that I’d found when I arrived.  Read more

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