Ben East

Write To The Point by Sam Leith

  The Observer, October 2017 Language has rules, but there’s no umpire: this is the starting point for Sam Leith’s guide to correct or, more precisely, standard English…

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Observer, September 2017 In the perfectly paced, middle-aged, middle-class drama that completes Jeffrey Eugenides’s first collection of short stories, a famous physics professor “watches his life implode”…

Munich by Robert Harris

The Observer, September 2017 It’s one of the defining – and in hindsight humiliating – images of the 20th century: Neville Chamberlain stepping off the plane from Munich…

Kamila Shamsie on Booker-longlisted Home Fire

The National, September 2017 As openings to novels go, it doesn’t get more contemporary or urgent than the striking first pages of Kamila Shamsie’s new, Booker longlisted novel…