This Monday, I have curated some stuff for you. Hope you enjoy the pieces. Read more
I enjoyed many more books this year than I can possibly list, but the following – as with all lists – is selective and subjective. Books on the list are not necessarily ones that were published in 2012; rather, they are books I enjoyed reading this year. Read more
Eight years after she published On Beauty – an astute, accomplished comedy of manners that was set in New York but paid abundant homage to EM Forster – Zadie Smith returns to the patch of land that she had exuberantly and inimitably made her own in her precocious 2000 debut, White Teeth. Read more
Zadie Smith says that once she finishes a book, she feels like lying on her back in her garden and shouting out aloud. Alan Hollinghurst says finishing a book empties him out. Roddy Doyle wants to get on to a new one no sooner than he gets one done. Read more
Is writing fiction any different from writing non-fiction? After having published my new novel after two books of non-fiction, I’ve been getting asked this a lot.
My answer – and I know it might sound dilatory/evasive is this: It isn’t, fundamentally, different. Read more