Saturday, 17 July 2021

Here's my take on Joshua Cohen's wincingly funny, counter-factual take on the family history of Israel's longest-serving prime minister, The Netanyahus, in the TLS




Friday, 9 July 2021

 I wrote about Jarred McGinnis's brutally funny and honest debut novel The Coward in the Guardian



Thursday, 24 June 2021

My second radio play, The Rival, will go out on Sunday 27th June at 7.30pm on Radio 3. It's about how Shakespeare came to write the Sonnets, and has a stellar cast plus great production, direction and sound design from Jeremy Mortimer and the Reduced Listening team. It will be available on Iplayer for 30 days. Do please listen here




Wednesday, 2 June 2021

David Peace's immersive and compelling Tokyo Trilogy reaches its conclusion with Tokyo Redux, perhaps the best of the three novels Here's my piece in the Literary Review






Friday, 14 May 2021

Alan Judd's A Fine Madness is a taut and ingenious thriller about the mysterious death of Christopher Marlowe in a rooming-house brawl in 1593. Here's my review in the Spectator




Thursday, 6 May 2021

 I reviewed Sam Byers' fearless and unsettling new novel, Come Join Our Disease, in the Spectator



Thursday, 22 April 2021

Here's my review of Louise Kennedy's superbly accomplished debut collection of short stories, The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac, in the Guardian



Thursday, 8 April 2021

Kamel Daoud's follow up to The Meursault Investigation is an exhilarating novel about language, fathers and post-colonial Algeria. Here's my review of Zabor or the Psalms in the TLS




Saturday, 20 March 2021

Here's my review of Lisa Harding's intense and unnerving second novel, Bright Burning Things, in the Guardian



Thursday, 4 March 2021

Alan Warner's ninth novel, Kitchenly 434, is set in the country house of a 70s rock star, and is by turns bizarre, funny and compulsively readable. Here's my review in the Literary Review 



Monday, 1 March 2021

I wrote about the difficulties of putting Paris on the page for the London Magazine. Who wrote the city the best? From Balzac to Ernaux. Read here






Wednesday, 10 February 2021

I reviewed Jo Lloyd's formidable first collection of short stories The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies in the Guardian 



Monday, 1 February 2021

Looking forward to talking about Jacob's Advice at Jewish Book Week on 2nd March 2021 at 12pm. The event will be chaired by the excellent Marina Benjamin, and we'll be discussing literary Paris, family, identity, plus the resurgence of the far right and antisemitism. Book an online ticket here





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