Friday 30 December 2016

My book of the year was Tony Tulathimutte's Private Citizens. Here's a round-up of the best fiction of 2016 for Review 31

Friday 4 November 2016

Here's my piece on Tony Tulathimutte's brilliantly caustic debut, Private Citizens, in Literary Review

Sunday 9 October 2016

Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen is the third Man Booker 2016 shortlisted novel I've written about. Here's my review for the New Statesman

Europe, race, and the notion of The Other are all explored in Jonas Hassen Khemiri's Everything I Don't Remember. Here's my piece for Review 31

Friday 30 September 2016

Paul Beatty's The Sellout is the second Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel I've written about. Here's my piece in the Literary Review

I review Adrien Bosc's superb novella, Constellation, for the TLS

Wednesday 21 September 2016

"Let's hit the road, Terror". Here's my review of Seraphina Madsen's daring, sui generis, road trip debut novel, Dodge and Burn, in 3AM Magazine

Wednesday 31 August 2016

Here are two debut novels that put race, disability, and working-class culture at the centre of their stories. I review them together for Litro

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Brilliant to return to the Margate Bookie Festival for the Literary Lounge on August 21st. A great line-up, with much bookish discussion, was led by Chair Laura Powell, along with Samantha Ellis and Amy Sackville. Here's to Margate Bookie 2017!

Sunday 14 August 2016

I take a close look at David Park's magisterial new collection of short stories, Gods and Angels, in Review 31

Tuesday 2 August 2016

The good people at Structo magazine ran a story of mine for their issue #15 back in February. Read 'Limehouse Blues' here

Monday 18 July 2016

Two cracking literary historical novels, both published on June 16th. Here's my review of Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent and Natasha Walter's A Quiet Life, for Litro

Sunday 3 July 2016

I reviewed Lionel Shriver's searing dystopian satire, The Mandibles, back in May for the Literary Review

My thoughts on David Savill's hard-hitting Bosnian conflict novel, They Are Trying to Break Your Heart, are in the current issue of the TLS

Friday 10 June 2016

Delighted that Storgy magazine have run a short story of mine. Read 'Marianne, you're Falling' here

Thursday 2 June 2016

A mythical lost Surrealist, and nuanced prose. Both are to be found in Miles Allinson's debut novel Fever of Animals. Here's my piece for the Literary Review

Here's my take on two politically engaged new novels, Siren by Annemarie Neary, and Iron Towns, by Anthony Cartwright. I review both for Review 31

Sunday 1 May 2016

Politically engaged new fiction? Here's my review of Guillermo Erades' playful, meditative debut novel, Back to Moscow, for Litro Magazine

Sunday 17 April 2016

David Szalay's new book All That Man Is (not quite a novel, not quite a collection of short stories) is stunning, and represents the kind of fiction that's become harder to find these days. Here's my review for the Spectator

Saturday 2 April 2016

The good people at Litro ran another story of mine back in February. Set on the Eurostar to Paris, 'The Invisible Ones' can be read here

Tuesday 1 March 2016

My piece on Graham Swift's brilliant novella Mothering Sunday in the current Literary Review

Monday 22 February 2016

Here are my thoughts on Clare Morrall's new dystopian novel, When the Floods Came, for the Spectator.
A splendid time was had by all at the launch of Structo magazine issue 15, at the Albion Beatnik bookshop in Oxford on Saturday night. I read, alongside contributors who included short story writers Paula Hunter and Dan Micklethwaite. Here's editing supremo Euan Monaghan introducing Paula (and the event) below: