Author Interviews

  • The city with vertigo

    <p> John Lanchester's third novel is a portrait of Hong Kong, the place where he spent his childhood</p><p> The title of John Lanchester's... Read more

  • The last judgement

    <p> This summer's biggest hype is a complex legal thriller infused with its author's Christian faith </p><p> Such is the secular mood in... Read more

  • Proud to be a softie

    <p> Fourth Estate's Andy Miller explains why he hates sport--but how crazy golf changed his life</p><p> F or years, Andy Miller was obsessed... Read more

  • Unexplored territory

    <p> Paul Magrs treads sensitive ground in his first novel for teenagers, set in the north east</p><p> A lecturer on the celebrated creative... Read more

  • Over 35 and on the pull

    <p> India Knight's new novel is a light-hearted tale of sex, single motherhood and nights on the town </p><p> India Knight, the well-connected... Read more

  • 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