Author Interviews

  • Home from home cooking

    <p> Mary Contini's family emigrated from a remote Italian village in the early 20th century, bringing with them to Scotland all their culinary traditions</p><p>... Read more

  • Inglan's tap natch poet

    <p> Linton Kwesi Johnson talks about his work, soon to be published in Penguin's Modern Classics series</p><p> Dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson created... Read more

  • No elves or centaurs

    <p> China Mi&eacute;ville, who last year won two leading fantasy awards, explains what he loves--and what he loathes--about the genre</p><p> China Mi&eacute;ville is... Read more

  • A deer in the headlights

    <p> Will Rhode's first novel is about being dazed, confused and minus a passport in India's "travellers' underground". He talks to Benedicte Page</p><p>... Read more

  • American fundamentalism

    <p> Verso's editorial director Tariq Ali argues that today's most threatening ideology comes from the US </p><p> The cover of Tariq Ali's latest... Read more

  • The strange tale of 'cousin Binjamin'

    <p> Binjamin Wilkomirski, author of the discredited Holocaust "memoir" Fragments, claimed kinship with journalist Blake Eskin</p><p> New Yorker Blake Eskin has had a... Read more

  • Not quite unscathed

    <p> Major Phil Ashby, recipient of the Queen's Gallantry Medal for a daring venture in Sierra Leone, talks frankly about the realities of conflict... Read more

  • Why football is the new religion

    <p> Tim Parks A Season with Verona (Secker&amp;Warburg, March, &#163;16.99, 0436275953)</p><p> The author of Italian Neighbours and An Italian Education, who has lived... Read more

  • Revisiting a forgotten tragedy

    <p> Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro Five Past Midnight in Bhopal (Scribner, April, &#163;17.99, 074322034X)</p><p> Writer and humanitarian Dominique Lapierre has funded many... Read more

  • The most awful B-movie imaginable

    <p> Antony Beevor Berlin (Viking, April, &#163;25, 0670886955)</p><p> Military historian Antony Beevor is following up his huge success with Stalingrad with an account... Read more

  • Trying to make things work

    <p> Victoria Glendinning Flight (Scribner)</p><p> Victoria Glendinning, the distinguished biographer and novelist, has moved to S&S' literary imprint Scribner with her new novel,... Read more

  • A stumbling journey through the empire

    Expectations are high for Hari Kunzru's The Impressionist (Hamish Hamilton). Read more

  • How power turned a man into a monster

    Mario Vargas Llosa The Feast of the Goat (Faber, April, £17.99, 0571207715) is translated by Edith Grossman. Read more

  • That fateful summer

    One of the most moving books you are likely to read this year is First Light by Geoffrey Wellum (Viking, £16.99, 30th May, 0670912484). Wellum's... Read more

  • Some men are all right

    Wendy Cope's new collection reflects the transformations in her personal life. Read more