Literature

Thatcher Stole My Trousers

To the younger generation, the name Alexei Sayle may not set many bells ringing. However, skip back to the late 1970s and this communist Jew from Liverpool was at the forefront of a revolution changing the face of British comedy forever. After...

Days Without End

In his most recent novel, Sebastian Barry returns with a beguiling epic, exploring the intricacy of human relationships with America’s Civil War years as a brutal backdrop. Days Without End is something of a ‘Civil War Odyssey’, depicting the...

The Lost Time Accidents

John Wray’s The Lost Time Accidents is filled with references to its many inspirations. Its greatest homage must be to Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, in terms of its confused chronology and ‘unsticking’ from time. Like Billy Pilgrim,...

Charlotte

This odd little book tells the story of Charlotte Salomon, a Jewish artist living in Berlin at a time when Nazism was gaining traction in Germany. The story commences with Charlotte’s rather grave upbringing, following a series of suicides within...

The Confidence Game

In her second book, Maria Konnikova takes on the mesmerising, elusive topic of the con artist. The Confidence Game, a social psychology book broken down into the classical elements of the strategem from the “put-up” to the “blow-off”...

The Neapolitan Novels – Elena Ferrante

When Taylor Swift is occupying our minds with her drama, it is hard to think about much else. It is also hard to consider that drama on Swift’s level could occur anywhere else: much less in the literary world. However, last year, contemporary...

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