The bestselling novelist talks about his latest book, ‘Crossroads,’ and taking a more compassionate stance toward his characters—and himself.
The pre-publication endorsements—“dazzling!” “a masterwork!”—that litter book covers have long been a staple of publishing. Are they of any value or mere relics that deserve to go?
In ‘The Premonition: A Pandemic Story,’ the bestselling author offers another timely parable that stirs the pot—and again puts the moral of the story in his characters’ hands.
A profile of the Booker Prize–shortlisted author of ‘Real Life’ and the forthcoming ‘Filthy Animals.’
After a bestselling debut novel and an emotionally tumultuous lawsuit, the author returns with Daddy, a story collection.
The author of ‘Cloud Atlas’ has a new rock ‘n’ roll novel—and a love of intricate universe-building.
A review of Sally Rooney’s Normal People
With essays that span the devastating effects of financial inequality and globalization and a new novel on climate change disaster, John Lanchester is becoming the central voice for the end of the world. But such serious business also requires a kind of trickery. It was exceptionally crowded for a weekday afternoon at the British Library as John Lanchester peered into a vitrine containing a curious jewel. It was the final weeks of a sold-out exhibition on Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and although the show included the oldest surviving copy of the poem Beowulf, the oldest known Latin Bible, and a variety of other literary treasures, these weren’t what the author was most interested in. Instead, Lanchester contemplated a bejeweled golden reading pointer. In the ninth century, its creator, King Alfred, had sixty of them made to accompany copies of his own translation into Old English of a Latin papal text — a kind of premodern marketing campaign. Its most interesting feature is its promotional self-awareness; Lanchester pointed to an inscription on the jewel that read, AELFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN — “Alfred …
Dystopian fiction—especially that written by women with female protagonists—is closer to reality than ever before.
How Marcel Proust’s finances affected his writing.