A rash hothead in the White House is a problem to trouble us all

17 December 2016 9:00

Novelists can’t merely tell cracking tales. We’re supposed to save the world. At the University of Kent, a student implored…

Nobel Prize winner and 2016 Man Booker Prize nominee J.M. Coetzee

Instant commentary on the Man Booker longlist is unavoidably stupid

27 July 2016 14:39

So, the 2016 longlist – aka the Man Booker Dozen – is out. It invites a cavalcade of instant commentary,…

A dead rabbit

Jeanette Winterson is not the only artist to have enjoyed killing animals

19 June 2014 16:51

It seems as if the author Jeanette Winterson might have a bit of a pest control problem. ‘Rabbit ate my…

Charlie Croker has a new book out. Image: Getty.

To take or not to take a pseudonym

18 October 2012 14:04

Literary pseudonyms have been on my mind lately, for a couple of reasons. The first is Salman Rushdie’s revelation that…

Enid Blyton had a 6,000-a-day habit. Image: Getty

How many words are there in a day?

4 October 2012 14:37

‘Write your own name a hundred times,’ T.H. White once commented, ‘and you will be bored; seven hundred times and…