Writers In Residence

"The only thing worse than living in the mausoleum of a dead writer is living with a bunch of living ones"

Voice Of Dystopia

The Nobel laureate for literature Svetlana Alexievich gives voice to the voiceless

Not Short, Not Sweet

When it comes the the novel, big isn't always beautiful

Iris Murdoch, The Virtuoso Of Virtue

The letters of the great writer reveal affairs with both sexes but also an intense intellectual and spiritual life

Found In Translation

One of the greatest writers of short stories is finally getting his English-language dues

Bibliophiles Beware: Online Prices Are A Lottery

The internet bookselling market appears to be based on nothing more than whim

The Discreet Charm Of Burgundy

The wine region in the 18th century was a cornucopia of delights but still recognisable as the Burgundy of today

Their Man In London

What do we really want from our security services?

Israel’s Impish Ice-Breaker

Etgar Keret's memoir The Seven Good Years is mellow but full of deadpan humour about life's absurdities

Legends of the Cinque Terre

Why doesn't the fabled Italian wine praised by Petrarch pass muster today?

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"