Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in a scene from 'Star Wars'. Photograph: LucasFilm

Let me bring you back to early 1978 and the release of George Lucas’s Star Wars. No, I haven’t got that wrong. Hard though it may be to believe, that (...)

Michael Cunningham: ‘There’s only one story about people’s relationship with drugs: that it’s foolish, that it’s about escaping from reality, and you have to stop right now.’ Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

In the mid-1990s Michael Cunningham began working on the kind of book that makes publishers smile dutifully and sigh. The story centred on three wo(...)