While Kamel Daoud’s book is a classic subversion of Albert Camus’ classic, something far more meaningful breathes just below the surface.
The effects of a true-crime podcast on the victim’s family are the first steps of Kathleen Barber’s book, which examines the stock we place in casual justice.
‘Girl in Snow’ approaches a murder from three distinct perspectives, but it is the weight and brilliance of those narratives that sets Kukafka apart. A superb debut.
Fiction tends to pull inspiration from something far stranger – reality. In fact, even the most famous fictional characters were cobbled together from relative nobodies. Elementary, innit.
This week marks the 101st birthday of the peerless Roald Dahl. In an effort to articulate what he meant, we asked our young (and young at heart) writers to honour him.
Elif Shafak’s success is built on great conflict. She illustrates the endless clash between the people and the state, religion and the self, and man against woman.
From Enid Blyton to 50 Shades of Grey. Just what books grab the imaginations of this group of four middle-aged cousinly book-clubbers? Well, we asked them – and regretted it instantly.
It’s been twenty years since Harry Potter took over the world. However, if you return to Hogwarts with adult eyes, is the magic still there?
Michael Chabon’s “Moonglow” is a stylistic hybrid of fiction and memoir, all in an effort to mislead the audience. Ballsy, yet fantastically done.
An appropriate read for the times we find ourselves in, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout takes on institutional racism and the comfortable social definitions we welcome.
Social commentator, novelist, orator. With the doco based on him now in the Oscars discussion, why not get better acquainted with James Baldwin.
“Swing Time” tackles female friendship, motherhood and celebrity, however it is author Zadie Smith’s keen eye for the human condition that will make it a classic.
Roanna Gonsalves’ book of short stories is a brilliant chronicle of migrant experiences, but is it better or worse for being limited to one tiny subset of the Indian community?
O, the lovers we covet, those with large bookcases and hard covers. Book people. If you have your eye on one, but are short in the knowledge department, worry not, for we can bluff you through it.
There’s a large list of colossal classics that sit in our “one day” pile. Until that day comes, fake it, with our Book Bluff treatment of Moby Dick. Warning: spoilers abound.
Stuck aghast in the aisles of a bookstore? Overawed? Lazy? Well, let us quickly goose your purchase. First up, “Purity” from Jonathan Franzen, which charts the depth of the Internet.
Metallica announcing a new album reveals old fissures remain – of the band, and the audience – and part two of their biography serves as a perfect microcosm of this.
What up, literary gangstas? This week our main homie navigates us through the world of individualism, in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
What up, yo. Our main literary peep, Sparky Sweets returns to get real with Kurt Vonnegut’s irreverent anti-war joint, Slaughterhouse 5.
Small business, feelings, orcs?! One man goes where few have before, by publically reviewing his wife’s romance novel. Brave guy.
Abandon all hope ye who enter here, shawty. Dante’s Inferno is the quintessential trip down south. Pointing out the landmarks is our main man, Sparky Sweets.