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Issue 50 / December 2012

Lawrence Norfolk

Lawrence Norfolk's John Saturnall's Feast is a passionate story of life, love and war set in the vast subterranean kitchens of a great house, in which a seventeenth-century orphan works his way up from the scullery to become the greatest cook of his age. Like much of Norfolk's other work, it's autobiographical, he tells Alex Peake-Tomkinson.

Sunday, 23 December, 2012

A.M. Homes Sunday, 25 November, 2012

Eduardo Halfon Friday, 23 November, 2012

Back and Beyond by Lucy Scholes

As 2012 comes to a close, Lucy Scholes anticipates the wealth of fantastic new fiction due to be published next year, and looks back over the past twelve months.

Monday, 24 December, 2012

Five Astonishing Books by Jo-Ann Mapson Friday, 23 November, 2012

Of river workers, streetwalkers and private theatricals by Judith Flanders Saturday, 20 October, 2012

Lonely hearts

M, 35, seeks M, 30+

M, 35, seeks M, 30+. Me: left on the shelf for too long, one less than careful former owner, now desperately in need some close attention between the covers. You: an open book.

M n/s 25 WLTM F 30

M n/s 25 WLTM F 30 4 LOFAPS and acronym solving.

Dull old sod

Dull old sod seeks excitable and informed female companion to improve his social credentials. A talent for small talk and false enthusiasm are welcomed but not essential.

F, almost middle-aged

F, almost middle-aged, melancholy, easily bored, always angst-ridden travel writer requires distraction from this damn tedium with a succession of brilliantly written musings by a youthful M.

Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín is a multiple award-winning novelist, short-story writer, playwright, poet, and a regular contributor to the Dublin Review, the New York Review of Books and the LRB. His recent novella The Testament of Mary is a profound study of religious belief and human loss. In early December 2012 he was the final writer-in-residence at the Southbank's eye-catching A Room for London overlooking the Thames, where we caught up with him.

Sunday, 23 December, 2012

Emma Donoghue Saturday, 20 October, 2012

Jane Rusbridge Tuesday, 11 September, 2012

The troublesome Mrs Bundy by Ronald Frame

Ronald Frame's Havisham, an affectionate prelude to Great Expectations, speculates on the early life of Dickens' celebrated heartbroken spinster. In this early scene, Miss Catherine has misgivings about the forwardness of her father's cook.

Sunday, 25 November, 2012

Vacation by Salley Vickers Tuesday, 23 October, 2012

Watching Lila by Elena Ferrante Monday, 22 October, 2012

My Week by Salley Vickers

The author of The Cleaner of Chartres spends half-term week chasing fairies, flitting between talks and events, and learning to love an incestuous yet health-and-safety Wagner.

Sunday, 25 November, 2012

Dana Bate Saturday, 20 October, 2012

Simon Rich Monday, 10 September, 2012

Carol Anshaw

Carol Anshaw is the author of Aquamarine, Seven Moves, and Lucky in the Corner. Her acclaimed short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories. Her latest novel Carry the One is a sharp and arresting work about the intersecting lives of three siblings. She lives in Chicago.

Sunday, 25 November, 2012

Adrian Fort Saturday, 20 October, 2012

Joseph Connolly Saturday, 8 September, 2012


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