Books, Issue 582
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Norman Mailer9 Aug 2007
Writing about difficult subjects helped turn Norman Mailer into a literary star. Rodge Glass analyses his career and believes only he could have broken the final taboo
Katrin Himmler9 Aug 2007
Katrin Himmler was born into a family with a dark history, but has only now been able to write about it. She tells Doug Johnstone about reliving the past
Will Hutton9 Aug 2007
It’s not many people that can make dense economic theory and political machinations accessible to the casual reader, but Will Hutton is one such man. Formerly the editor-in-chief of the Observer and What the Papers Say political journalist of the year…
Top 5 - Fiction Finales9 Aug 2007
With rumours that the next Inspector Rebus adventure may be the very last one, we look at books which waved a fond farewell to some legendary creations Jeeves & Wooster In 1974, PG Wodehouse gave us Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (a title which requires…
Batman Black & White Volume 39 Aug 2007
Usually at home as a simple back-up slot in the monthly Batman: Gotham Knights, Batman Black & White has taken on a life of its own and has quickly become a jewel in the crown of DC’s myriad caped crusader titles. A creative playground for various…
Rafael Reig9 Aug 2007
Depicting a futuristic Madrid
Rafael Reig, the author, lecturer and composer of a PhD thesis on 19th-century literary depictions of the prostitute, certainly knows how to choose an apt quotation.
Mark McNay9 Aug 2007
A piece of advice often doled out to people with creative aspirations is ‘don’t give up the day job’.
Alice Munro9 Aug 2007
Canadian legend in LongPen revolution
A standard piece of advice given to budding fiction writers eager for publication is to forget airy fairy, uncommercial notions of publishing short stories and dive headfirst into the novel.
Jennifer McCartney9 Aug 2007
Creative writer isn’t looking back
Jennifer McCartney’s debut is both a joyfully idyllic and strangely dystopian novel. Afloat tells the story of Bell, a student from Minnesota who works as a waitress at an elite resort on Mackinac Island where her initial happiness turns into confused…
Nick Cohen9 Aug 2007
Observing hatred in all its forms
Nick Cohen is a rare beast. A pro-invasion of Iraq commentator with impeccable left-wing credentials, he was moved to write What’s Left? How Liberals Lost Their Way by a perception that liberals were forming an unholy alliance with fascism in failing to…
Frank Muir9 Aug 2007
If Festival visitors were asked where they expect Scottish crime novels to be set, a fair few would probably think of Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh first, or Denise Mina’s Glasgow.
Joyce Carol Oates9 Aug 2007
The legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau once compared the versatility and precision of Oates’ writing to witchcraft. Oates once said of her own work, ‘I’m drawn to failure. I feel that I’m contending with it constantly in my own life’. This perhaps…
Daljit Nagra9 Aug 2007
Daljit Nagra is very popular with the pupils he teaches English to at a north-west London school. Not because he lets them off with throwing paper aeroplanes across the room or allows them to bunk off early, but because he has injected them with a love…
Panos Karnezis9 Aug 2007
Panos Karnezis left a Sheffield engineering job for writing, looking for a new hobby. With a critically acclaimed short story collection and Whitbread-nominated novel, he has clearly surpassed the status of enthusiastic amateur. Poetic and arresting…
Iain Banks9 Aug 2007
Getting climate change into a family saga
Iain Banks can probably be accused of many things, but lack of imagination isn’t one of them. While most of his outlandish ideas get channelled into his sci-fi work, there’s still plenty of inventive stuff to be found in his mainstream novels.
Kids Events9 Aug 2007
When you say ‘comic’ to a kid they might think of the Beano or Roy of the Rovers (if you’re a kid over 35) but the event with Alan Grant & Cam Kennedy will open up the eyes of teenagers and any young at heart adults in tow. Graphic novels are something…
Anthony Holden9 Aug 2007
Old school poker shark
As a biographer of the Royals, Shakespeare and Tchaikovsky, as well being the classical music critic of the Observer, Anthony Holden has always been a respected writer but it is the less respectable subject of poker that has given him his biggest sales.
The Carhullan Army9 Aug 2007
FUTURISTIC DRAMA Considering the recent spate of unseasonable weather and car bombs, Sarah Hall’s third novel can’t help but have a certain resonance. Set in a not too distant future, where the combination of rising tides and an ongoing fight against…
Away9 Aug 2007
SOCIAL DRAMA Amy Bloom’s latest novel follows the journey of Lillian, a Russian woman who watches her family being brutally killed and then travels to America to escape those memories and her country. Once there, the plot rockets through a number of…
Second Sight9 Aug 2007
PSYCHIC AUTOBIOGRAPHY Mind invasion from strange voices; spooks that go bump in the night; Zulu warrior spirit mates: it’s all a day in the life for Sharon Neill, and, whether you believe in it or not, her autobiography makes for fascinating reading.
Also Published - 5 Food Books9 Aug 2007
Sid Owen - Life on a Plate Ricky from EastEnders shows off yet another of his many talents with this tome, subtitled ‘The Journey of an Unexpected Chef’. I’ll say. Century. John Dickie! - Delizia The author of Cosa Nostra brings us a book which…
Get Smashed9 Aug 2007
(Hodder & Stoughton)
MEDIA HISTORY This is the story of the 1960s advertising revolution that led to the shedding of jingles and rigid formulae in favour of a certain whimsy, spurred on by the visions of a handful of people who made a tidy fortune. Sam Delaney chronicles…