Criticism

Compass

Mathias Enard's masterful novel traces myriad lines of life from both Orient and Occident in an attempt to 'write outside the self'.

9th January 2018

Essayism

Brian Dillon's journey through the 'unstable multiplicity' of the essay form is maddening and exquisite in equal measure.

4th October 2017

The Coast Road

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh's first bilingual collection reveals a voice that is attentive to nature, to the world, to those moments in which we find ourselves, and one which is sprightly with a hint of devilment.

19th September 2017

Blind Spot

Teju Cole's first book-length meditation on photography explores how his dream-like, jetlagged images are connected by tangents to the universal in all human cultures.

12th September 2017

Sympathy

Olivia Sudjic's debut novel recognises online life as an active and creative culture. Like personal writing, its emotional highs and ominous shortcomings are tied up in an all-consuming act of self-fashioning.

23rd August 2017

Kill All Normies

We are in the midst of a raging culture war defined by cruelty, extremism and intolerance. Angela Nagle's new book is a timely and insightful report from the internet battlefield.

3rd August 2017

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

China Miéville’s portrayal of the Bolsheviks' rise to power is a captivating and inspirational description of the revolutionary moment, when everything is possible.

13th July 2017

To Be A Machine

Is the deathless age of the machine upon us?

13th June 2017

Beauty in Broken Things

Graham Allen & Alvy Carragher take differing routes towards truth and beauty in two recent collections.

17th May 2017

Smashing The Mirror

William Wall introduces Dave Lordan’s new essay collection, The Word in Flames

30th November 2016

September, October

Sarah Ladipo Manyika's Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is a work operating within the memento mori tradition of death being ever present—and closer, closer still.

7th November 2016

Hunting on the Boundary

Deborah Levy's seventh novel is an investigation into the threads of relationship and the primitive, enduring connections between body and mind.

4th November 2016