Cheers to Canada on Canada Day: Canadian writer Alistair Macleod, who writes with an unforced balance of instinct and wisdom. Photograph:  Steve Russell/Toronto Star/ Getty Images

No human lifetime would yield sufficient time to explore the beauties of the Canadian landscape. It is so vast that not even its three million lakes a(...)

A woman overlooking Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada. Photograph: Jordan Siemens

Every July 1st we celebrate the famously more polite, more organised, more northerly partner and far larger of the big two countries occupying the con(...)

Adam Thorpe: Novelists don’t have to be accomplished poets, yet it clearly helps.

A young girl is missing. Was she murdered, kidnapped, spirited away or had she merely abandoned her life? Admittedly it was a pretty grim existence; h(...)

José Eduardo Agualusa: an original whose international reputation was secured in 2007 with the success of the English-language edition of The Book of Chameleons

This year’s International Dublin Literary Award has been won by Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa with his 14th novel A General Theory of Oblivion,(...)

Now that the antics of the idiotic US president have brought golf into disrepute, it might be better to avoid presenting Dad with membership to the lo(...)

Israeli author David Grossman who won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize with   A Horse Walks Into a Bar. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

In only its second year, the revamped Man Booker International Prize for Fiction has further consolidated its relevance with a dramatic choice; the aw(...)

The six shortlisted titles

Slowly the minutes appear to drip by, yet finally a result is in sight, and whatever the destination of the Man Booker International 2017, now in the (...)

Author Daniel Kehlmann.  He exploded on the literary scene with his fifth novel, Measuring the World. Photograph:  Sven Paustian

It seems too good to be true; the perfect holiday home complete with a brand new teddy. Everything works; the mountain views are spectacular. For an a(...)

 Richard Ford: ‘No one listens to writers in America. Not anymore’

Looking back, perhaps it was gormless, turning up to interview US writer Richard Ford with a bag of his books, all his books; everything. They made an(...)

Naomi Alderman,  winner of the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for The Power. Photograph:Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images

Each passing day appears to confirm that dystopian terrors are no longer futuristic, they belong to the now and are, increasingly, our today. The winn(...)