Thursday, 21 January 2021

Delighted that my essay on therapy and the therapeutic value of art is included in Trauma, an anthology of writing on art and mental health, published today by indie press Dodo Ink. 

Contributions include essays by Marina Benjamin, Monique Roffey, Venetia Welby, Susannah Crossman, Thom Cuell, Sam Mills, James Miller, Catherine Taylor, Seraphina Madsen, Neil Griffiths, Rowena Macdonald, Naomi Frisby, Alex Pheby, and legendary filmmaker David Lynch. Order a copy here









Friday, 8 January 2021

A pleasure to pick twelve favourite short stories for Jonathan Gibbs's first Personal Anthology of 2021, including recent work by Jamel Brinkley, Chris Power, Ben Halls, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ayelet Tsabari, and Mia Alvar, plus classics by Kawabata, Wharton, Bellow, Maupassant & more. Subscribe to the Tiny Letter and read here



Thursday, 17 December 2020

Here's my review of A Lover's Discourse, Xiaolu Guo's compelling novel of rootedness and longing, in the TLS



Thursday, 10 December 2020

I wrote about Jonathan Coe's lecture 'Why Writing Matters' given at the Arnolfini Gallery in 2017 for the Royal Society of Literature's series Only Connect





I reviewed Udith Dematagoda's sweetly nihilistic novella Horizontal Rain for Review 31's Books of the Year. Published by new imprint Hyperidean Press, it got lost in the 'books tsunami' of summer 2020, but it's well worth investigating. Read my piece here



‘Intriguing... Often compelling... The narrative moves slowly and magnificently towards a series of crises’. The TLS gives its verdict on Jacob's Advice here




Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Nicole Krauss's first collection of stories, To Be A Man, cherry-picks pieces from over twenty years of publication in the New Yorker, the New Republic, Esquire and elsewhere. Here's my review in the TLS