My year’s reading started on a high with Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life (Doubleday). It’s everything a novel should be: audacious, vibrant, brave and(...)

I generally await the release of new Douglas Coupland books the way I used to with new albums by favourite bands way back when. Some I love and som(...)

No mercy: Lazzaro Baldi’s painting of killers attacking the repressive Roman emperor Domitian. Photograph: Galleria Spada/De Agostini/Getty Images

They were a crafty lot, the Romans, when it came to building dynasties, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Lindsey Davis’s latest (...)