"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image."
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, her debut novel of desolate southern lives, made McCullers an instant star – something she never fully recovered from“She found me a cheap boarding house somewhere on the west side, where there, cut off and lonely, I passed the day my first book was published,” wrote Carson McCullers in her memoir Illumination and Night Glare, d […]
A war reporter suffering from PTSD heads home from Aleppo to Herne Bay, where she is haunted by war and childhood abuseThe heroine ruefully inspecting her (adorable but rumpled) reflection is a cliche of badly written romantic fiction. Kate Rafter, the war reporter in Nuala Ellwood’s rather well written debut thriller My Sister’s Bones, is given her own mome […]
The prolific historian’s account of the doomed Romanovs is rich in dramaRussia always struggles with its memories of 1917. The current leadership is wary of revisiting a world in which anyone with any cash risked an unpleasant death. It is as well that Nicholas II was made a saint in 2000. In this centenary year, his story, shorn of all the awkward facts, is […]
The American journalist on ageing, coming to terms with Parkinson’s disease and why baby boomers should be taxedMichael Kinsley is a columnist for Vanity Fair; contributor to the New Yorker; former editor of the New Republic and founder of online magazine Slate. In 1993, aged 43, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Now 65, he has written Old Age: A Be […]
A biography of the prime minister reveals a politician of steely self-control with a taste for vengeanceEric Pickles worked closely with Theresa May for many years and is never less than complimentary about his fellow Tory. “But it’s true it takes an awful lot of time to get to know her,” he says. “I’m not sure anyone has ever entirely got to know her.” To t […]
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