Matthew Richardson

Your guide to the Booker Prize

16 October 2012 10:29

Assorted literary grandees will squeeze into their tuxes this evening to compete for the Booker Prize. Of the debut novelists, one…

Review: Zoo Time by Howard Jacobson

14 September 2012 15:19

Winning the Booker can do strange things. For one, critics tend to become noticeably shyer around authors with some bling…

Modern life in verse

11 September 2012 11:56

Julia Copus’s new collection The World’s Two Smallest Humans exists in four parts, each in their own way circling the…

The marriage plot: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger reviewed

14 August 2012 11:17

Few could accuse literary fiction of not doing its best to perk up the US export sector recently. It has…

Setting sail

18 July 2012 9:00

The sea has always been a powerful stimulant for the literary imagination, most famously, of course, for the likes of…

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce — review

19 April 2012 17:03

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce starts with a wonderfully simple idea. Harold Fry, resident of 13 Fossebridge…

Missing Mole

6 March 2012 9:31

It is thirty years since Adrian Mole first hit our shelves. To celebrate, Penguin has re-released the oeuvre with shiny…

The cruel sea

21 February 2012 12:31

The early years of the twentieth century hold an irresistible draw for the modern imagination. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan…

Hollinghurst’s biographical ambitions

8 February 2012 9:48

How does fiction mix with biography? Is all biography fiction, or all fiction merely finessed biography?  These questions were considered…

Biting to the core of Apple’s success

31 January 2012 9:26

How did Apple gain such a hold on everyday life? Whether it’s checking overnight emails on the iPhone, reading a…

Interview: Christopher Reid

11 January 2012 9:19

Christopher Reid’s A Scattering — a collection of poems written in honour of his dead wife, the actress Lucinda Gane…

Looking into the well-read future

4 January 2012 20:07

E-books can be a strange, parochial beast. As any Kindle-user will know, the content of the Kindle store often varies…

Rumpole’s seasonal cheer

20 December 2011 8:46

Music fans may groan at the glut of greatest hit collections clogging up shelves at this time of year. Bookshelves…

Becoming great

22 November 2011 14:52

Christopher Reid’s Selected Poems moves through a neat thirty-year stretch from his first collection Arcadia (1979) to his acclaimed Costa-winning…

One for the Christmas stocking

15 November 2011 11:07

Wordy things have had a renaissance of late. Stephen Fry’s superb five-part BBC series, Fry’s Planet Word, aired recently; David…

A quirky dish

9 November 2011 9:31

The four-hundredth anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible has produced some great books. Almost all aspects have…

Before Dickens was a Victorian

1 November 2011 10:08

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst’s Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist works as a companion piece of sorts to Claire Tomalin’s rival…

A hatful of facts about … the future of the book

21 September 2011 13:55

The BBC’s World at One recently asked five leading figures in the literary world for their thoughts on the ‘future of…

The importance of plot

15 September 2011 16:11

As literary fly-on-the-wall moments go, it would be hard to beat. John Banville – the most austerely mannered stylist in…

A Death in Summer – review round up

14 September 2011 14:08

Benjamin Black – aka John Banville – is back for another round of detective fun with A Death in Summer.…

A hatful of facts about…the Edinburgh International Book Festival

16 August 2011 19:09

1) The Edinburgh Book Festival has begun in earnest this week. The festival is one of the lengthiest in the…

A hatful of facts about…Colin Dexter

11 August 2011 11:10

1.) Colin Dexter’s famous creation, Inspector Endeavour Morse, is due to fill our screens once more. ITV has announced that…

Worth every penny

10 August 2011 13:24

A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman is a rare example of a dying breed: the collected short…

A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman – review round-up

9 August 2011 9:58

Margaret Drabble has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a novelist and biographer. But do her short stories match…

A hatful of facts about…the Man Booker Prize

4 August 2011 9:58

1.) Last week, the longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2011 was announced. The lucky authors included established writers like…