Ian Sansom

Stay Up With Me by Tom Barbash sumptuously melancholy short stories

This debut collection about dissatisfied New Yorkers is full of ordinary revelationsYou've read all this before, of course: slight, sad stories about slightly sad people, who are vaguely troubled by their slightly sad lives and who face some minor crisis

The Table of Less Valued Knights review Marie Phillips's comic Camelot

This tongue-in-cheek take on the world of King Arthur is a hilarious mix of bathos, bawdy and the absurdIn her first novel, Gods Behaving Badly, Marie Phillips satirised the legends of the Greek gods. Arguably, of course, the entire novel form is a satir

My Crazy Century by Ivan Kl

Ian Sansom hails a great Czech writer who lived through fascism and communism Kafka 's The Trial ; Haek's The Good Soldier vejk ; Kundera 's The Joke ; Bohumil Hrabal 's Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age ; Josef kvorecký's Lieutenant B

The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison review a man's attempt to remember

Amnesia leaves our wartime hero in the dark, unable to remember who he is or where he came from.

Nostalgia by Jonathan Buckley - review

This is the sort of book that could probably only have been published by Sort of Books, a small independent publisher whose shortlist of authors and titles includes the likes of cartoonist /musician/pataphysician Peter Blegvad, Moomin-maker Tove Jansson,

Exodus by Lars Iyer - review

In the third book in the trilogy, the most undynamic duo since Vladimir and Estragon continue their ramblings on the death of philosophy "That's why he's dreamt up our lecture tour of Britain, our last tour of the ruins of the humanities. We are to inves

Gob's Grief by Chris Adrian - review

Supernatural, science fiction and horror combine in this story of atonement set during the American civil war To recap: published in the US in 2001, Gob's Grief is the novel in which Chris Adrian - novelist, short story writer, paediatrician - sprang u

Sorry! The English and Their Manners by Henry Hitchings - review

A charming and erudite history of national etiquette One suspects that a man who writes a book about manners is in fact a seething, mad-eyed malcontent, and there are certainly moments in Sorry! The English and Their Manners when Henry Hitchings begins