Ian MacKenzie

Okay. We’ll give them Emma Bovary, Anna Karenina, Isabel Archer and Molly Bloom. And maybe some others down through the centuries. But the female voic(...)

Performances of Trophy are free but ticketed

Trophy Barnardo Square, Dame Street September 9th-11th, 3pm & 7pm Lives can change in an instant, for good or bad, pivoting on a bit of luck or j(...)

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(...)

Raymond Carver called it “smoked-glass prose”, writing that is blurry or not clear in sentiment. It is the downfall of many novice writers, and som(...)

Rich colours: Dries Van Noten’s Paris show at the Hotel de Ville. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/ EPA

Paris fashion week opened with Irish designer Sharon Wauchob sharing the same day’s schedule on the busy calendar with Dries Van Noten and Rochas, (...)

Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis (1954) A reluctant professor of medieval history in an 1950s English university, Jim Dixon rebels against the pretensio(...)

The Reader: concerned with second-generation guilt, Bernhard Schlink’s novel uses literature and literacy as a way of revisiting the “incomparable” crimes of Nazi Germany

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen (1818) Austen’s first novel, published posthumously, may not have as much finesse as her later more famous works (...)

As a child, growing up in her father’s home in the Bay Area, Sofia coppola would have met many of the era’s great movie stars.

You have to wonder how Sofia Coppola made herself heard at the family dinner table. Francis Ford Coppola, her father, has never come across as a squas(...)