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books December 22, 2018

Closing the book on anonymity

When The Saturday Paper launched in March 2014, we chose to experiment with publishing book reviews anonymously. As with everything else, we wanted to test the orthodoxy of our culture. More correctly, these reviews have been pseudonymous, with...

books December 22, 2018

Best Books of 2018 #1

If you told me at the beginning of 2018 that my book of the year would be the memoir of a transgender man who took up boxing, I would have offered you generous odds against it. But here is Thomas Page McBee’s tough, tender, wise and moving Amateur...

books December 22, 2018

Best Books of 2018 #2

No Friend But the Mountains , the electrifying “memoir of ideas” by the refugee journalist-philosopher Behrouz Boochani is my book of the year. Boochani defied every attempt of successive governments to deny refugees such as him a voice,...

books December 20, 2018

Quarterly Essay 72 – Net Loss: The Inner Life in the Digital Age

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer.

books December 20, 2018

Hazards of Time Travel

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer.

books December 20, 2018

Islands

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer.

books December 19, 2018

Preservation

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer

books December 19, 2018

Insomnia

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer

books December 19, 2018

Fox 8

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer

books December 15, 2018

The Feral Detective

Jonathan Lethem’s 11th novel is an oddity. It begins five days before Donald Trump’s inauguration, when 33-year-old New York Times journalist Phoebe Siegler quits her job, partly in protest at her employer inviting the “Beast-Elect” in for a meeting...

books December 15, 2018

Ohio

The first thing you need to know about this novel that seems to capture Trump’s America so well is that Stephen Markley wrote it before Trump became president. Which is pretty much the same thing you need to know about Trump’s America – that it pre-...