Steven McGregor

Brendan Simms: A strong, united Europe is in Britain’s interest

2 May 2013 12:25

Since the collapse of the Byzantine Empire, European history has been dominated by two themes: the centrality of Germany and…

Fobbit by David Abrams – review

10 April 2013 9:58

Fobbit, by David Abrams, is an attempt at describing a wartime tour from different perspectives, including soldiers and support personnel.…

War is not to be envied

11 February 2013 13:09

Donald Anderson is a former US Air Force Colonel and current professor of English Literature at the US Air Force…

Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize – The Walking Wounded

16 January 2013 10:21

This is the runner-up in our recent Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize. The rest of the shortlist will be published in…

Thornton Wilder’s theatrics in The Cabala

29 October 2012 10:30

I was on a date once in Atlanta, Georgia. We decided on the theatre and there was only one show…

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished business

6 September 2012 16:41

It’s hard enough convincing people to read finished novels much less unfinished ones — though perhaps our cultural obsession with…

The Hamlet of the trenches: Parade’s End reviewed

24 August 2012 16:56

Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End is being republished as well as adapted for the screen by the BBC.  I first…

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The fictional House of Lords

6 August 2012 12:38

The House of Lords has yet again survived reform. ‘We have been discussing this issue for 100 years and it…

Interview: Nick Makoha’s shame

20 July 2012 8:30

“My shame was my father wasn’t there,” says Nick Makoha, the London poet who represented Uganda at the recent Poetry…

A writer’s vanity

24 May 2012 13:25

‘Jordan’s fourth biography, that’s vanity.  Only writers are subjected to this kind of inquisition about how their work reaches the…

The battle for free speech in China

2 April 2012 12:26

I haven’t been much drawn to erotica or political allegory, but Chen Xiwo’s I Love my Mum changed that. Relaxed,…

Ending a war story

22 March 2012 8:37

What, if any, are the similarities between the great novels of past wars, such as Somerset Maugham’s The Hero (the…

Remembering Gilbert Adair

18 January 2012 8:54

Gilbert Adair was a mentor to me, even in the year following his stroke, which was when we became closest,…