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John Dugdale

Last rites for the campus novel

Even by Joyce Carol Oates's prolific standards publishing two books a month apart (Daddy Love came out in the UK in February) is remarkable. Following last year's Mudwoman, Oates, a Princeton professor for 35 years, has written her second campus novel, Th

The truth about crime fiction

Realism would be 1,000 pages long and crushingly dull, admits top writer What relation does crime fiction have to real crime? Only a passing resemblance, judging by a panel discussion that brought together three authors last week at the British Library,