Writing through time, real and imagined.

David Hockney paintings on the cover of the UK editions of Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet.

On the stories of Clarice Lispector.

Celebrating Edna O’Brien on her 90th birthday.

Edna O”Brien at Hay Festival 2016, photo by Andrew Lih [detail].


John le Carré (1931–2020)

Page-turning as pilgrimage.


On reading Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet

Eight soulful books of contemplation and inspiration.

Thomas Merton: The Seven Storey Mountain

On reading other people’s diaries, with recommendations worth spending time with.

On the evolving lives of minds and words, from Oliver Sacks to the Oxford English Dictionary to T. S. Eliot.


A small survey of large achievements in Russian fiction

James Mustich

Now: Author, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die. Then: publisher and chief bookseller, A Common Reader. https://www.1000bookstoread.com/

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