Michael Amherst

‘Ballistics’ by D.W.Wilson is a novel about what it really is to be a man

14 August 2013 10:34

Ballistics is the debut novel from D W Wilson. It playfully and interestingly twists and pulls at the heart of…

What is the point of fiction if not to expand horizons?

8 April 2013 9:00

While Ian McEwan’s recent piece in the Guardian is not expressly termed a treatise on the value of art, it…

Having it both ways

3 October 2011 10:51

A new paperback edition of The Stranger’s Child is released today. Michael Amherst reviews the book. The failure of Alan Hollinghurts’s…

Creative writing courses made me a better reader

5 July 2011 9:35

As I came to the end of my English degree I applied to several universities for further study on Joseph…

More than just a pretty boy

19 April 2011 12:07

There seems to be something of a fashion at the moment in panning James Franco’s literary debut, Palo Alto. If…