Julie Bindel deserves praise for her readiness to investigate the murkier corners of this country – where civilisation often seems like a bad joke
They cast their literary spells over a generation, but have Martin Amis and Ian McEwan merit as moralists?
Ian McEwan’s new novel Sweet Tooth is a brilliant exercise in deception
There is much to talk about in Ian McEwan’s Solar. As I say in today’s Observer,he makes a hat tip to John Updike and allows the great issue of global warming to be explained through the devious manoeuvres of a slobby and disreputable hero, Michael Beard. However, McEwan goes to some trouble to show that there are worse people in the world than Beard by sending him to meet a postmodern audience at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.