BOOKS

Craeft by Alexander Langlands

The Observer, November 2017 As one of Britain’s cooler television historians and archaeologists, you’d probably expect Alexander Langlands to suggest that spending time converting raw materials into useful objects might make…

Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

The Observer, December 2017 There is an intriguing, if familiar, idea in Nick Harkaway’s fourth novel – it’s the near future and an invisible, Ninteen Eighty-Four-style “Witness” programme…

Goodbye Europe by various

The Observer, December 2017 This Brexit anthology is a genuinely odd undertaking. On the Remain side, forming the overwhelming majority of pieces here, there’s an oft-repeated fear that…

Freedom Hospital by Hamid Sulaiman

The National, November 2017   Hamid Sulaiman’s urgent, cogent and compelling reflection on the Syrian civil war is full of potent imagery of life in the midst of…

Best December reads

The National, December 2017 It’s that time of year when the sheer amount of awards, end-of-year round-ups, gift ideas and seasonal treats can send the casual book buyer…

The rise of Lang Leav and the Instapoets

The National, November 2017 It’s not so long ago that writers, publishers, readers and critics alike were bemoaning contemporary poetry’s inability to cross into the mainstream. It wasn’t…

Mohammed Hanif on the search for meaning

The National, November 2017 Pakistani author Mohammed Hanif is considering the unique challenges of writing about his home country. In his two novels, A Case Of Exploding Mangoes…

Philip Pullman – not just for kids

The National, October 2017 It is surely one of the most eagerly awaited books of the year. Seventeen years after the last in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials…