There’s something disturbing about a story tracking a character’s mental decline for thrills. Happily, Paula Hawkins’ new novel, A Slow Fire Burning, joins a genre of books bucking this trend.
Each of this year’s shortlisted books shimmer with energy, tenderness and threads of optimism — and even occasionally joy.
Eric Carle’s famous book about a caterpillar was originally about a book worm.
In this influential novel, two Persians travel to Paris and report their bemusement at its customs. Questions such as the dilemmas of tolerance and the social nature of our identities are explored.
English professor Frannie Thorstin gets tangled in a sticky web of male attention in the novel and film versions of In the Cut as she tries to sort the bad guys from the good.
Beyond the ‘literature of madness,’ the narratives about mental and physical health published today explore the interdependence of bodies and their environments.
Science fiction has often had an inspirational and positive relationship with space endeavors. But the new US Space Force is struggling with a pop culture public relations problem.
Writers did it themselves back in the 19th-century so modern period dramas should be cut some slack for trying to prioritise modern aesthetic tastes over historical accuracy.
He called them ‘stinkers’ and ‘nauseating little warts’, but author Roald Dahl’s characterisation of children as vulnerable is necessary for them to ultimately triumph.
Summer is the time for road trips — and books that can take you on a journey of discovery.
Le Carré drew on his own experience to change public perceptions of the world of spying.
These two prize-winning books speak volumes about how we face trying times, might recognise the beauty in brokenness and maybe find ways to repair the wounds of the past.
Sam Spade only appeared in one novel. But he left his mark, with the help of the Hollywood legend who portrayed him.
Trixie Belden wasn’t as pretty as her best friend, or a cool as Nancy Drew. But she had a ‘mental computer’ for solving mysteries and a non-judgmental moral core.
It was funny at the time — but rereading Ben Elton’s 1989 bestselling satirical novel Stark today is profoundly unsettling.
Realizing that economics is a lot like fiction helps us better evaluate the claims economists make about the world we all live in.
From reading more to re-reading safe favourites, there are early signs that the COVID-19 has influenced how and what we are reading.
The author’s novels, famous for their bleakly sociopathic depiction of American culture, testify to the insanity and abusiveness that surround us.
In recent fiction, cities are coming alive.
Kokomo by Victoria Hannan has been touted as a ‘millennial novel’ – but its search for love and connection are timeless.