Anne Tyler

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Darragh Martin: an immensely skilled storyteller

“It seems premature to dismiss the effect of Catholicism on my – our? – generation. Catholicism is there, a pea at the bottom of a stack of mattresses(...)

Judith Jones: as a young editorial assistant at Doubleday in Paris she rescued The Diary of Anne Frank from a pile of rejects and persuaded her superiors to publish it in the United States.

Judith Jones, the editor who discovered Julia Child and advanced a generation of culinary writers that revolutionised cooking and tastes in American h(...)

Brit Bennett: she has rich domesticity of Anne Tyler and the eloquent arguments of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“What did a bunch of old ladies know? We would’ve told her that altogether, we got centuries on her. If we laid all our lives toes to heel, we were bo(...)

Jane Austen used the business of marriage to examine the landed gentry class of 19th century England. Each of her heroines finds the right match after(...)

Marlon James: has become the first Jamaican writer to carry off the award – with   his third work. Photograph: PA

There is nothing brief about this year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction; nor is there the death count anywhere as low as the title suggest(...)

Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life (Picador)

Big seems to make an impression, and a first glance at this year’s Man Booker shortlist appears to suggest that length did not deter the judges. It ma(...)

‘Cynthia was so furious that evening, she opened a single-vineyard Merlot from Stag’s Leap that she’d been saving and paired it with a bowl of maca(...)

Anne Enright: The Green Road (Jonathan Cape)

Faint if distinct echoes of the Boston Tea Party may gleefully come to mind on perusing this year’s Man Booker longlist. Many traditionalists objecte(...)

Laura Barnett

From Socrates to Shakespeare to Henry James, many a great mind has maintained that the unexamined life is not worth living. In 1916, the year James di(...)

‘Life becomes more about you and the things that are important to you.’ Illustration: Getty Images

Nobody talks about it: sex during and after menopause. The menopause itself. How long it lasts. When it happens. What the symptoms are. Many medica(...)

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