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The Housing Lark by Sam Selvon review – vibrant comic classic

Sam Selvon’s 1965 novel about a group of West Indian friends attempting to buy a house together in London is perfectly observedBritish landlords who put signs in windows in the 1950s and 60s warning “No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs” did West Indians a fav...

At last, a Booker prize longlist I want to read | Candice Carty-Williams

This list is remarkably different to past years, featuring several black authors and debut female writers. And yes, Hilary MantelI’m sort of in love with the 2020 Booker prize longlist. I understand this is a strange thing to say about a stack of books...

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer review – dusk falls on Twilight saga

This plodding retelling of the first book from Edward’s perspective is a 750-page exercise in toothless tediumSet aside the millions of copies sold, the controversies over both its ****** overtones and its lack of actual ***, and the blockbuster film f...

Act of Grace by Anna Krien review – a hugely impressive first novel

The journalist and poet follows her flawed characters from Iraq to Australia in brilliant, indelible imagesGerry brings a snake skin home to his mother one day, hoping to scare her. Instead she stares at it wistfully. “It must be an incredible feeling,...

I Give It to You by Valerie Martin review – an Italian summer

A novel of philosophical and creative inquiry, cleverly plotted and packed with great charactersWhen Jan Vidor, the narrator of Valerie Martin’s immensely satisfying new novel, arrives at the grand Villa Chiara near Siena in the summer of 1983, she kno...

Wole Soyinka protests imprisonment of Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala

Nobel literature laureate writes letter of solidarity marking Bala’s 100th day in detention, saying his supporters ‘will not rest until you are free and safe’The Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, who was held as a political prisoner in Nigeria in the 1960s,...