BOOKS

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…

roma tearne @ manchester lit festival

It’s always interesting when a novel is set somewhere you know particularly well, which is why I was intrigued by Sri Lankan author Roma Tearne’s fourth book The…

CLAIRE TOMALIN @ MCR Literature Festival

Ever since I interviewed Claire Tomalin for her Pepys book which won the Whitbread Prize, I’ve come to think of her as our pre-eminent literary biographer. I simply…

GOLLANCZ’S 50 YEARS OF SCI-FI

Over the past 50 years, publishing house Gollancz has been responsible for some of the most exciting, groundbreaking and best-selling science fiction and fantasy writing, everything from JG…

BANIPAL 42

In the last few years I’ve come across loads of excellent writing from the Arab world. Partly because of my job, partly because I think there’s a renaissance…

NICHOLSON BAKER REVIEW

The best thing about reviewing for The Observer – ok, not the best thing, the most amusing thing – is that you suddenly become fair game for the…

SEBASTIAN BARRY INTERVIEW

As the Booker prize approaches, I’m making my way through the shortlist. And as much as I’ve enjoyed the likes of Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues, I can’t help…

Mohammed Hanif interview

A Case Of Exploding Mangoes was one of those breakout hits, a strangely witty tale about a presidential assassination featuring a walk on role for Osama Bin Laden…