Wednesday 26 June 2024


Here's my Substack essay for flaming June. How I discovered the peerless fiction of Yasunari Kawabata in the most unlikely of places. Read it for free here




Friday 14 June 2024

Tom Lamont's debut novel, Going Home, is a moving investigation into what it means to be a father and a son. Here's my review in the TLS



Thursday 23 May 2024

This month's Substack is an essay about discovering (being saved by) Prince as a lonely teenager in the late 80s. Read Sometimes It Snows In May for free here










Friday 26 April 2024

Here's my Substack piece for April, a personal essay about my parents' divorce and growing up in the 1970s: The Art of Escapism - How James Bond Can Help you Survive a Parental Divorce. Read it for free here






Friday 19 April 2024

I reviewed Whale Fall, Elizabeth O' Connor's visceral, politically-engaged novel set on a remote island off the Welsh coast in 1938, for the Guardian



Thursday 28 March 2024

My Substack essay for March is a piece about the pleasures and perils of having a favourite writer, through the prism of Hanif Kureishi's novella, The Nothing. Read Épater La Bourgeoisie for free here









Thursday 21 March 2024

Here's my take on Adelle Waldman's new novel, Help Wanted, her follow up to the sparkling The Love Affairs of Nathanial P from 2013, in the TLS