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Books

  • Her marriage to the prolific author Paul Theroux fell apart in 1990. He has written about the divorce, now she tells her side of the story. By Eva Wiseman

  • A stay-at-home mother gives in to her animal instincts in this skilful and imaginative debut novel

  • The I Am Not Your Baby Mother author shares the knowledge she’s acquired as a black woman in a sharp, sometimes moving self-help book

  • This former Financial Times columnist’s account of why, aged 57, she began a new life as a teacher in an inner London comprehensive is brutally honest, fascinating and moving

Summer reading

What to read

Non-fiction reviews

  • A collection of wickedly funny, rousing polemics takes aim at ecotourism, the beauty industry … and crime fiction

  • From Bengal to Cambridge and beyond … precious insights into the early life and times of the economist and philosopher

Fiction & poetry reviews

  • The New Yorker writer’s debut short story collection tackles the difficulties of female yearning amid the mess of urban life

  • In a small French village a family of five are murdered in this taut examination of race and class based on a shocking real-life case

  • From gay hookups to pub banter, connections multiply over the nine sections of this incisively witty novel

  • An unlikely adventure in the Himalayan foothills is full of rare wisdom and spirituality

  • The director’s pulpy novelisation of his most recent film is entirely outrageous and addictively readable

  • Contradiction is at the heart of this sharp analysis of the logic of ideology, set during the Cultural Revolution

Children's and YA books

  • The author was repeatedly told that no one wanted to read fun books with disabled heroes. Now she has won the £5,000 Waterstones children’s book prize for her debut, A Kind of Spark

  • Teen books Young adult books round-up

    As well as books tackling big issues, there’s a good dose of sharp laughter in the latest clutch of titles for teens

Interviews

  • The multimillion-selling novelist and mental health guru talks about his days as the ‘karaoke Ian McEwan’, finding fame and fortune – and taking on the haters

  • The author of the apocalyptic novel Leave the World Behind reflects on its parallels with the Covid pandemic, the genius of Lorrie Moore and why he is looking forward to letting his kids run feral outside

  • The writer of experimental fiction on their debt to America’s ‘new narrative’ tradition, the benefits of a German state education, and exploring homophobia through Franz Beckenbauer

  • The author of At Night All Blood Is Black discusses the unheard African voices of the first world war and the inspiration for his violent antihero

  • The neuroscientist and psychiatrist explains Zoom fatigue - and why the conditions of the pandemic can induce an ‘altered state’

Regulars

You may have missed

  • Whether in her deft reports and profiles for the New Yorker or her studies of Sylvia Plath and psychoanalysis, Malcolm wrote with breathtaking eloquence and insight

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