Kate Atkinson

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Craig Jordan-Baker does a fine job of homing in on the trauma and tensions in family life.

“People eat their dinner, just eat their dinner, and all the time their happiness is taking form, or their lives are falling apart.” Chekhov’s quote o(...)

 Danny Boyle’s post-apocalyptic horror film 28 Days Later was released in the aftermath of 9/11. Photograph: Peter Mountain

At time of writing, the cinema business is mostly concerned with the business of cinema. It is, perhaps, too early to be thinking how film-makers will(...)

Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes

A few weeks ago (or was it decades?), when the current crisis slipped up eight jarring gears, articles such as this began telling readers that everyon(...)

Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll. Photograph: Netflix

It took 14 seconds of the Russian Doll trailer to give us the first death of its main character. The trailer restarted. So did her night. A minute and(...)

Author Kit de Waal’s  new novel steps back in time to the IRA pub bombings in Birmingham in 1974.

Mixing personal and political plights in her 2016 debut My Name is Leon resulted in an international bestseller for Kit de Waal. Her self-professed “t(...)

Thomas Pierce: the book’s beating heart is in its exploration of faith

There are moments in Thomas Pierce’s debut The Afterlives that recall the English author Kate Atkinson’s award-winning novel Life After Life. Characte(...)

Richard Russo at his home in Portland, Maine. Photograph: Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Pulitzer prize winning author Richard Russo has found himself in a curious position of late. After 30 years of writing darkly comic novels about small(...)

Mia Gallagher: “The imagination is a way of getting away from things that might be tough in reality.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Mia Gallagher’s debut novel, Hellfire, was a resounding critical success – one of the best debuts of the year, according to the Observer – which saw (...)

Hell hath no fury like a mistress scorned. The opening section of Julia Pierpont’s debut novel sees a jilted lover take revenge by printing out the(...)

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(...)

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