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Books November 05, 2016


[TOC:ul In this story] The recent efforts by journalist Claudio Gatti to uncover the identity of Italian novelist Elena Ferrante have been gross. The desire to learn more about Ferrante arises from the fact that many readers have engaged strongly with …

Books October 29, 2016

Another Day in the Death of America

[TOC:ul In this story] November 23, 2013 was “just another day in America”, writes Gary Younge at the outset of this startling and upsetting book of reporting. “And as befits an unremarkable Saturday in America, ten children and teens were killed …

Books October 22, 2016


[TOC:ul In this story]When trying to explain the deep appeal of Ali Smith, it’s easy to say good things, but specifics can be tough: it’s something about the vibe of the books, about the mood, the art. Thankfully, Daniel Gluck, one of Smith’s two …

Books September 24, 2016

Here I Am

[TOC:ul In this story] Here I Am, Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in more than a decade, undertakes to explore two broad ideas, which perhaps sound like oil and water: on the one hand, there’s the destruction of Israel – by the twin …

Books September 17, 2016

Darling Days

[TOC:ul In this story] iO Tillett Wright has had a lifelong interest in overhauling aspects of identity, but the artist’s startling name, after Jupiter’s moon, “the most volcanic object in the solar system”, was a birthright. Darling Days

Books September 10, 2016

Grant & I

[TOC:ul In this story] In the 1960s, Robert Forster lived next to the Smiths – not the band he’d eventually tour with, but a normal family. Deadpan, he also reports having told his mother that when he grew up, he wanted to be just like Mr Smith. …

Books August 13, 2016

Overland, #223

[TOC:ul In this story] In the column that closes the 223rd edition of Overland, Alison Croggon asks: “How do you embrace the powerlessness that art demands, its myriad refusals, when power is the only thing that speaks in a world deafened …

Books August 06, 2016

I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This

[TOC:ul In this story] If we see the modern memoir as a route towards the self, its measure might be taken by the nature of the trip: is the driver speeding or taking you on a languorous country jaunt? Life is short, and I sometimes feel long memoirs …

Books July 16, 2016

The Lynching

[TOC:ul In this story] One Friday afternoon in March 1981, Henry Hays and James Knowles, two best friends in Mobile, Alabama, borrowed a rope and tied it into a hanging noose, a “special noose” of 13 knots immediately recognisable as the Ku Klux …