BOOKS

TITANIC: A CLIMAX OF DEADLY FOLLY

Copy: The National 16/01/12 >> It was truly strange to start last week speaking to the author Richard Davenport-Hines about his book published to coincide with the centenary…

A TOWERING ACHIEVEMENT

Copy: The National 26/12/11 >> I love tall buildings. A few years ago it seemed like every spare plot in central Manchester promised a skyscraper to compete with…

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: LUCY CALDWELL

Copy: The National 15/12/11 >> Lucy Caldwell‘s second book, The Meeting Point, has been one of my favourite finds of this year. And it’s not just me either…

Doorstopping fiction back in fashion

Copy: The National 05/12/11 >> Julian Barnes may have won the Booker Prize for one of the slightest books in the prize’s history, but a trip to Waterstone’s…

WHERE SHAKESPEARE MEETS THE SUBCONTINENT

Copy: The National 09/11/11 >> It was fantastic to see Daljit Nagra‘s name among the shortlisted poets for the prestigious TS Eliot prize. He has one of those…

HAS ARABIC BOOKER PRIZE DONE ITS JOB?

Copy: The National, 26/10/11 >>On Sunday I went to the International Prize For Arabic Fiction event at Manchester Literature Festival. At which I learned that it’s not considered…

REVIEW: MOHAMMED HANIF

Copy: The Observer 24/10/11 >>Some of you may have seen the interview I did with Mohammed for The National. There’s a link here, if not. And off the…

Interview: Patrick deWitt for the Booker

It’s the Booker prize this week, which of course means the attendant controversy – this time focussing on that terrible crime: the books being too readable. I’ve read…