Richard Yates

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With the wealth of inspiration that the homeliness of Christmas offers, Easter can appear to be literature’s second-string festival. As a festival, Ea(...)

John Mahoney  was just 77 at his death, and only 52 when he first appeared as the title character’s elderly father in Frasier. Photograph: AP Photo/Reed Saxon

When John Mahoney died last week, we were reminded of a complicated biography. Best known for embodying a very American class of blue-collar integrity(...)

Elizabeth J Church: In trying to span a whole life, the author has missed the details that captivate readers

With its backdrop of nuclear bombs, marital discord, burgeoning feminism and love affairs with Vietnam vets, there are sparks of promise in Elizabeth (...)

Photograph: Viktor Gårdsäter

It can’t be particularly easy for a man to step on a hamster, unless of course the hamster happens to be ill or unusually slow. In The Winter War no d(...)

Jhumpa Lahiri: ‘American? Indian? I don’t know what these words mean. I’m asked where I am from. I’m from nowhere, I always was, but now I am happy knowing it.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

It all looks so easy: winning a Pulitzer Prize with her first book, a collection of short stories; then her debut novel is made into a movie, while he(...)