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Review: Murder Most Foul: Hamlet Through the Ages – David Bevington

Bevington’s latest book seeks to trace the history of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from its roots in Scandinavian epic lore, right the way up to present day…


Review: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

What I read about The Art of Fielding (TAOF) in online reviews: Henry Skrimshander is a young baseball genius who might just be good enough…


An aviary of books: the top literary Twitter feeds

I once tweeted that – IMHO – Mary Karr was a better writer than Joan Didion, and the latter retweeted me. There a lesson here…


Review: The Bride Stripped Bare

I don’t want to like this book. Not because it’s not a lucid, compelling collection of stories – I just don’t know what it says…


Review: Michel Houellebecq – The Map and the Territory.

Described variously as the most important, original and talented author in France at the moment, Houellebecq’s latest novel has caused ripples of excitement in the literary world. Dave Wingrave asks whether it isn’t all just going to his head.

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Book Club

This week, something about nosebleeds with Naila Missous.


Manchester Literature Festival: Sacred Hearts

It was with definite stammering and hesitation that I evasively explained to my ‘plus one’ we were going to a show – about? Ah. Clearly should…


Manchester Literature Festival: Crime in a Cold Climate

Opening proceedings at the second week of the festival was a highly alluring premise, not just on account of the fascinatingly depraved subject material, but also…

Josephy Heller, Miami Bookfair International, 1986

One Hellerva Writer

An interview with Erica Heller, daughter of Joseph, the world renowned author of Catch 22.

Photo by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Review: Starter for Ten

‘cos all students experience University in the same way

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Tailor Made for Students

A peek at the labyrinthian mind of Haruki Murakami


There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want

A tribute to Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes