Martin Amis: holding a mirror up to the death camps. Photograph: Alan Betson

In Experience, his unexpectedly tender memoir published in 2000, the English writer Martin Amis went some way towards explaining his life and, more im(...)

The writer Julian Barnes once described the Man Booker Prize as “posh bingo”. It has become a cyclical phrase regurgitated every year when the obli(...)

Denis Donoghue’s books of the year
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  • November 30, 2013, 06:00

Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life (Knopf) is a love story surrounded by meditations. Barnes keeps talking about other things while wanting to talk only a(...)

Colm Tóibín with fellow Booker short-listees. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Canadian-born New Zealander, Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker Prize for 2013 with her second novel, The Luminaries.The entertaining human comed(...)