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Thomas Jones · Night Jars: ‘The North Water’

Night Jars<p>Thomas Jones<p>The North Water by Ian McGuire<br>Scribner, 326 pp, £14.99, February 2016, ISBN 978 1 4711 5124 8<p>Ian McGuire’s second novel is an …

Alice Spawls · List your enemies: Deborah Levy

List your enemies<p>Alice Spawls<p>Hot Milk by Deborah Levy<br>Hamish Hamilton, 218 pp, £12.99, March 2016, ISBN 978 0 241 14654 5<p>In Almería in the heat of …

Michael Hofmann · Muted Ragu Tones: David Szalay

Muted Ragu Tones<p>Michael Hofmann<p>All That Man Is by David Szalay<br>Cape, 437 pp, £14.99, April 2016, ISBN 978 0 224 09976 9<p>It’s possible that the …

Joanna Biggs · Under Her Buttons: Ottessa Moshfegh

Under Her Buttons<p>Joanna Biggs<p>Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh<br>Cape, 260 pp, £16.99, March 2016, ISBN 978 0 224 10255 1<p>Eileen is 24, all ribs, shoulders and …

Alex Abramovich · Bustin’ up the Chiffarobe: Paul Beatty

Bustin’ up the Chiffarobe<p>Alex Abramovich<p>The Sellout by Paul Beatty<br>Farrar, Straus, 288 pp, £17.00, March 2015, ISBN 978 0 374 26050 7<p>The pure products …

Jonathan Meades · Favourite without Portfolio: Designs for the Third Reich

It was easier than he expected for this aloof, offhand man to escape the scaffold at his trial by dissociating himself from the milieu at whose …

Alice Spawls · Around Here

My view of the British Museum is unlikely to change, though had Colin St John Wilson’s designs for a new British Library south of the BM been …

Ed Miliband · The Inequality Problem

Hanauer is in the vanguard of the ‘Fight for 15’, the campaign for a $15 minimum wage. Like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, who have also issued loud …

Why did Mourinho get the push?

Why did Mourinho get the push? The word is that he lost the dressing-room – too many Chelsea players had clearly grown sick of the sight of him – but …

Jose Mourinho

Seymour M. Hersh · Military to Military

The military’s resistance dates back to the summer of 2013, when a highly classified assessment, put together by the Defense Intelligence Agency …

Thatcher in Her Bubble

David Runciman on Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

Unwinnable War Two

It’s war time again. Earlier this month the Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee (FAC) noted that legal opinion is at best divided on the …

World Politics

Unwinnable War

‘Nous sommes en guerre.’ Nicolas Sarkozy’s statement on Sunday morning, after meeting François Hollande to discuss the massacres in Paris, echoed his …

Nicolas Sarkozy

In Paris

Sunday: we wake under blue skies to Nicolas Sarkozy calling for ‘the whole world’ to destroy Isis and demanding a ‘new’ immigration policy, as he …

Jacqueline Rose · Bantu in the Bathroom

Depending on your opinion of her final judgment, Judge Masipa was either uniquely qualified for or unsuited to her task. As is well known, she found …

T.J. Clark · It stamps its pretty feet

The longer I looked at the painting the more I was drawn to the dialogue taking place, sotto voce, between the over-coloured count and his shadowy …

Blessed are the Warmakers

Private George Taylor of the Worcester Regiment, my great-uncle, was killed in Flanders a century ago. Family lore has it that his sister, my …

Worcester

VAT for Beginners

Mediapart, the French online journal known for its investigative scoops and the quality of its analytical pieces, is in trouble. The problem is to do …

The Man Who Brought Zombies to America

Dover Press has reissued William Seabrook’s 1934 memoir Asylum, an account of his self-committal to a mental hospital in an attempt to cure his …

Psychiatric Hospitals

On Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman’s films don’t have conventional plots with a beginning, middle and end. Yet nearly all the obituaries, following her death at the age …

Gus Van Sant

Beijing locks up its lawyers

Chaohua Wang on justice in China.

Beijing

Andrew O’Hagan · Who’s the alpha male now, bitches?

Harper-Mercer understood how it worked. He knew his online life would be the one to read when it came to the puzzle of why he killed. But he took the …

Paul Myerscough · Corbyn in the Media

‘He isn’t playing the game,’ the <i>Times</i> journalist Jenni Russell complained on <i>Newsnight</i>. It was a metaphor, and it wasn’t. Corbyn was being tested: not …

Who will pay for the right to buy?

In their general election manifesto, the Conservatives promised to ‘extend the Right to Buy to tenants in Housing Associations’. More than 1500 …

Elections

Nationality Doubtful

Earlier this month I went on a press junket to the Josef Koudelka retrospective in Madrid. Reading the catalogue on the plane, I realised I was …

Essays

The Trident Question

Trouble over Trident has struck deep into the souls of disaffected Labour politicians, from those who say they ‘disagree with Jeremy’ to those making …

Across the Adriatic

On 7 August 1991, the Albanian ship Vlora docked at the Port of Durrës, twenty miles west of Tirana, with a cargo of Cuban sugar. Thousands of …

Thomas Laqueur · Devoted to Terror: How the Camps Were Run

No criminal operation has left as much evidence, great mountains of it, as the concentration camps. Wachsmann has consulted 45 archives and thousands …

Distinct British Institutions

As we know from William Hague’s career-trouncing baseball cap boo-boo, a Conservative leader has to be very careful what he puts on his head. Lord …

Goodbye to a Bookshop

In Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Bookshop, published in 1978 but set in the late 1950s (and based on her experience in a Southwold bookshop), Florence …

Fish And Chips