Robert McCrum

Moriarty review Anthony Horowitz steps into Conan Doyles shoes

A new super-criminal stalks Victorian London in a clever but contrived hymn to Sherlock Holmess nemesisProfessor James Moriarty is to crime fiction what Hamlet is to tragedy. Moriarty heads a roll call of archetypal villains that includes Karla, Goldfinge

Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born review a persuasive account of Ian Fleming's Jamaica

Matthew Parker brings the outpost of empire where the 007 novels were written to vivid lifeIn July 1943, a dashing young naval commander named Ian Fleming, the assistant to the director of British naval intelligence, was dispatched to a high-level Anglo-A

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith review labours hard to be silky

JK Rowling's second novel in the Cormoran Strike series sacrifices narrative to plot Consider the strange and remarkable case of JK Rowling. Her first book, for children, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , was rejected by at least 12 publishers

How to Be Well Read review John Sutherland's enjoyable literary list

These are trying times for readers. Thanks to the IT revolution, the biggest "paradigm shift" in 500 years, literary choices and opportunity are booming on a global scale.

Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid – a thankless commission

The acclaimed crime writer's reworking of Jane Austen's youthful gothic parody begs the question: why bother?

The Infatuations by Javier Mar

The Infatuations is a metaphysical murder mystery and a stunningly original literary achievement by Javier Mar�as, the internationally acclaimed author of A Heart So White and Your Face Tomorrow. Javier Marías was born in Madrid in 1951. He has publis

Why books need literary prizes

The Costa and Booker prizes may be a literary lottery but awards have more influence now than reviews Tomorrow sees the annual Costa book award : a notoriously hard competition to get a handle on, not least because, now the individual categories (ficti

Why books need literary prizes

The Costa and Booker prizes may be a literary lottery but awards have more influence now than reviews Tomorrow sees the annual Costa book award : a notoriously hard competition to get a handle on, not least because, now the individual categories (ficti

PG Wodehouse's sparkle fades on screen

Blandings - as currently seen on TV - is fun, but much duller than in prose PG Wodehouse is widely recognised as a master of English prose at its purest and most brilliant. But he also owed his success as a comic writer to an important commercial factor: