Shadows on the Road

For Michael Barry, a childhood love of cycling became a career culminating in rides for pro cycling teams including US Postal and Team Sky. He played the part of domestique, the unsung rider in the peloton whose job is to steer the star man – an Armstrong or a Cavendish – to the yellow jersey….

Akhil Sharma’s Family Life

It has taken over twelve years to appear (since his much-lauded debut An Obedient Father), and has changed shape many times along the way, but Akhil Sharma’s eagerly-anticipated second novel is now with us. Family Life, based on very real events, is published this month. We caught up with the author at the end of…

Into the Trees

Robert Williams is back this month with his third novel, Into the Trees, which again sees him exploring the themes of family, home, security and enveloping chaos. But something is different this time: Williams is writing in the third-person. It’s a significant development, demonstrating an author growing more confident. As he tells his editor in…

Turkey’s Problem: Why the Corruption Tapes Don’t Matter

‘No one expected the protests, but they have shown the world, and Turks themselves, that the country is far more complicated than it looks from polling data’ (from the introduction to Turkish Awakening). Post Arab-Spring, Turkey had to Western onlookers appeared to be handling its transition to democracy quite smoothly. But last summer, as she…

Jean Hanff Korelitz on You Should Have Known

You knew right at the beginning. She knew he was never going to stop looking at other women. She knew he couldn’t save money. She knew he was contemptuous of her … But then she somehow let herself un-know what she knew. A smart, addictive and psychologically acute novel, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s You Should Have…

Sisters Side by Side

Neil McKenna’s rollicking and extremely colourful Fanny and Stella is an account of the lives and loves of two effeminate cross-dressing young men whom Victorian society found every bit as shocking as Oscar Wilde (the subject of the author’s previous award-winning biography). Like Wilde, Fanny and Stella found themselves on trial for the way they…

Turned Out Nice

The UK has seen its wettest January for more than a century, whilst California is suffering its worst drought for the same amount of time. And whilst the band of climate change deniers seems only to grow, the general consensus is that global warming is causing irreversible damage to all parts of the globe. In…