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Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

At the Jaipur literary festival last year as the sandwich filling in the two hunks of chewy flavoursome sourdough writers, Gary Shteyngart and Howard Jacobson, I have good reason to hate them. The audience sat unappreciatively waiting for me to finish so

The Idea of Israel by Ilan Pappe, book review

When I first visited Israel, crossing the border in the south of the country from Jordan, the burly (and as ever, heavily armed) guard at passport control asked, rather bizarrely it felt at the time, how we had heard of Israel. An odd question perhaps, bu

Romany and Tom by Ben Watt - review

Sukhdev Sandhu enjoys Ben Watt's moving memoir of his parents' love story Ben Watt, best known as one half of Everything But the Girl , says that one of the reasons he chose to study at Hull University at the start of the 1980s was because Philip Larki

Romany and Tom by Ben Watt - review

Sukhdev Sandhu enjoys Ben Watt's moving memoir of his parents' love story Ben Watt, best known as one half of Everything But the Girl , says that one of the reasons he chose to study at Hull University at the start of the 1980s was because Philip Larki

Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words: The Authorised Biography by Boel Westin, trans. by Silvester Mazzarella - book review: 'The rivers of blood that led to Moominvalley'

"All Moomintrolls go to sleep about November. This is a good idea, too, if you don't like the cold and the winter darkness." So the preface to Finn Family Moomintroll (1948) matter-of-factly tells us. Now, thanks to Boel Westin's biography of Tove Jansson

When the Hills Ask for Your Blood by David Belton - review

David Belton's account of the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath serve as a fitting tribute to the actions of a heroic Franciscan priest My first reaction when confronted with David Belton's book was to ask what is to be gained from yet another book rete

60 Postcards - Rachael Chadwick

On 11 February 2012 Rachael Chadwick lost her Mother to cancer, just sixteen days after first being diagnosed, and her world shattered right in front of her. Utterly fed up of the milestones and reminders, in December of that year she decided she would do

Mad Girl's Love Song by Andrew Wilson - review

A generous biography that focuses on Sylvia Plath's writing and relationships before she met Ted Hughes In his introduction to Sylvia Plath 's Collected Poems , Ted Hughes identifies 1956 as the year his late wife left behind her juvenilia and embark