An extraordinarily bleak depiction of incarceration.
Review: Sex And Vanity by Kevin Kwan
A fizzy adaptation of E. M. Forster’s A Room With A View.
Review: The Dawn Of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow
A big history of people that demolishes the myth of progress.
Review: The Essential Emily Dickinson (selected by Joyce Carol Oates)
Strange, precise and elusive poetry.
Review: Things I Don’t Want To Know by Deborah Levy
Deborah Levy concisely summarises what makes her own writing so compelling.
Review: The Plague by Albert Camus
The Plague is understandably back on best-seller lists: the parallels with our current situation are striking.
Review: Here Until August by Josephine Rowe
Here Until August is an intriguing collection of 10 short stories. They often feel haunted and uncanny.
Review: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi
Celestial Bodies achieves a kind of literary perfection.
Review: Watchtower by Elizabeth A. Lynn
A strange, rather beautiful and ultimately quietly devastating novel.
Review: The House of Youssef by Yumna Kassab
I can’t say I enjoyed this book very much – it’s full of domestic tragedy – but I was impressed by its intensely claustrophobic mood.