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

Delighted that my first radio play, an adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata's classic 1952 novel Thousand Cranes, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 6th December. Recorded with an all-Japanese cast and produced by Reduced Listening, the play is available on i-Player for 28 days here

Wednesday 2 December 2020

I reviewed Tim Binding's epic British road-trip novel Beneath the Trees of Eden in the Xmas double-issue of Literary Review