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Author Archive

  • Dec 31, 2020
    This has been a strange year to be an archivist, a role that seeks to illuminate the present by excavating the past. Typically, my routine consists of unearthing pieces that allow...
  • Dec 28, 2020
    Well, they say hindsight is 2020 — and thank God for that. Suffice to say, none of us are going to be wistfully blaring Ol’ Blue Eyes’ “It Was a Very Good...
  • Dec 17, 2020
    Each year we ask more than 50 leaders and luminaries from literature, business, politics and the arts to name the best books they’ve read during the year. You could spend all...
  • Dec 15, 2020
    John Banville, author We met for lunch one rainy day at the end of last summer, in an excellent but eerily deserted restaurant in Hampstead village. He was already there when I...
  • Dec 11, 2020
    A teenager’s nature diary, the race for a vaccine and the return of Lyra ... books have been vital in getting us through the year. Guardian critics pick 2020’s best...
  • Nov 23, 2020
    Two novels wittily bring out the realities of university life: Leaf Arbuthnot’s Looking for Eliza (Trapeze) is a beautiful and brilliantly written story about...
  • Nov 13, 2020
    On the brink of the Second World War, before the bombers came over, the poltergeists of Britain were smashing glass and breaking the furniture. None was more tricksy than the...
  • Nov 6, 2020
    What books do you recommend to understand our present discontents? The classic 20th century American hero depicted in Westerns and film noir is a good theme for our time: a man who...
  • Oct 30, 2020
    Statement of Unity Given his astonishing success in his first term, we believe that Donald Trump is the candidate most likely to foster the promise and prosperity of...
  • Oct 30, 2020
    Many people, both on the left and more mainstream, are now discussing preparations for the very real possibility that Donald Trump will dispute the results of the election after he...
  • Oct 23, 2020
    A modern presidential election is all-consuming, a machine that generates so much noise that voters can be forgiven for complaining that they cannot even hear themselves think. The...
  • Sep 18, 2020
    It was 1984 — in real life, not the book. My family and I were living in West Berlin, where I was beginning to write “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Berlin was...
  • Jul 8, 2020
    Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial. Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for...
  • May 7, 2020
    Alice Munro has been my favourite writer ever since I first read a collection of her stories almost 30 years ago, when I was still a teenager. Periodically, something in life reminds...
  • Apr 15, 2020
    Mary Beard I am an extremely slow reader. I have always felt a little ambivalent about this. On the one hand, it has been the cause of a degree of self-congratulation, and the sense...
  • Jan 3, 2020
    In The Brothers York (Allen Lane), Thomas Penn has tracked backwards in time from The Winter King, his glowing biography of the first Tudor king, to Henry...