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Nadeem Aslam's second novel Maps For Lost Lovers has just won a place on the Booker Prize longlist, after more than 10 years in the...
A young man wakes from a coma to a world that resembles the one he knows, but which differs from it in nightmarish ways. Alex Garland's strange new...
As memories of apartheid recede and South Africa becomes an increasingly stable democracy, books such as this one become ever more important. A...
Anytime a novelist prefaces his book with a quotation from The Life and Times of Tristram Shandy alarm bells should ring and the reader...
It's 1871, and Max Tivoli enters the world, wrinkled and withered, like any normal baby first blinking their way out of the womb. But max is...
British silent film, since the introduction of sound, has endured a dismal reputation. Kevin Brownlow wrote that British silents never advanced...
Does Hari Kunzru get you shelf-cred? His latest book, Transmission, oozes edgy cool.
If you fancy a rendezvous with a half-cut Begbie, check out the latest Scottish rant novel from Booker prize-shorlisted novelist James Kelman.
Part travelogue, part cultural history, Where You're At sees the journalist and novelist Patrick Neate undertake a journey into hip...
Find out if Marilyn Monroe was 'truly schizoid'.
Benny Poteat is a watcher. He watches from the sidelines, through car windows, from the safety of his house – but mostly Benny watches from...
Martin Amis and pornography go together like a hand inside a lubed-up, latex glove. Think of the succession of set-piece fantasies in his cocksure...
Who won between Madonna and musical cyber-pirates? And is Richard Branson really a tightwad?
How Pornoland inspired Martin Amis' latest novel, Yellow Dog.
This first novel by Benjamin Markovits signals the arrival of a first-rate talent. The Syme Papers is an academic romance reminiscent of AS...
In his socio-anthropological history of man's insatiable appetite for orgasm, Jonathan Margolis evaluates centuries of rather dry academic...
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