Cut it out, Ian McEwan: there are plenty of great long novels Cut it out, Ian McEwan: there are plenty of great long novels

The author says only a few 'earn their length' and he reads them itching to edit. But I can think of plenty of terrific giant stories can't you?

dnes, 14:48
Kniha rozhovorov už ako testament Kniha rozhovorov už ako testament

Peter Gregor (1944) vstúpil do slovenskej literatúry – ako básnik – pred takmer polstoročím (knižne 1968) a vystúpil z nej v roku 2014, keď smrť definitívne pretrhla súvislú niť jeho tvorby.

dnes, 6:37
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Would-be cryptographers alert; literary treasure hunts are back in the news. The American author James Frey is offering $500,000 (£300,000) to anyone decoding the message hidden in The Calling, the first volume of his Endgame adventure trilogy published over here by HarperCollins on 7 October. Even better, there will be a reward of $1m attached to the second book and $1.5m for the third. With...

včera, 22:25
How to read Will Self How to read Will Self

Will Self, the novelist, critic and broadcaster, has chiselled a successful career out of being a sesquipedalian. This, as Self noted in 2012, means "a lover of obscure words" and is brandished more often as an insult than a panegyric. Self's engorgement on verbiage is often accompanied by a concomitant commitment to berating dull language. In his latest broadside against the limits of...

včera, 22:25
Raiding John Updike's rubbish a trashy pursuit Raiding John Updike's rubbish  a trashy pursuit

As well as being intrusive, bin diver Paul Moran has recovered very little for his alternative archive that was worth saving

dnes, 13:17
Why shorter can be better Why shorter can be better

Big novels don't always earn their length

včera, 20:10
From the archive, 2 September 1952: Mr Auden's anthology From the archive, 2 September 1952: Mr Auden's anthology

A review of the monumental five-volume Poets of the English Language, edited by WH Auden and Norman Holmes Pearson

dnes, 7:30
Seven Second Delay by Tom Easton - review Seven Second Delay by Tom Easton - review

'Easton's techniques form a novel that is both fast-paced and pays attention to a brilliantly designed storyline, designed to thrill and leave you gripped until the end'

včera, 20:00
Professor Branestawm by Norman Hunter - review Professor Branestawm by Norman Hunter - review

'These books are original with just the right amount of hilarity and inventiveness'

dnes, 11:00
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - review Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - review

'Cath is a character full of detail, from a complicated family past to a tendency to prefer fictional universes to the real one. Your typical fangirl, and more'

dnes, 14:00