Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss – review

The family moved into post-kreppa (crisis) Iceland, and this bright and engaged book details a year of living there as foreigners. The distinction between “Icelander” and “foreigner” is very clear in Icelanders’ minds. Though the title mentions the sea, the book is a refreshing antidote to wrestling-with-the-landscape travel writing. Moss’s two small children need schools, […]

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart review – lithe, revelatory debut

Reading Shuggie Bain entails a kind of archaeology, sifting through the rubble of the lives presented to find gems of consolation, brief sublime moments when the characters slip the bonds of their hardscrabble existence. That the book is never dismal or maudlin, notwithstanding its subject matter, is down to the buoyant life of its two […]

Must I Go by Yiyun Li review – like stumbling across a cache of personal papers

Seven months after Yiyun Li published her 2017 memoir of suicidal depression, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, Li’s 16-year-old son, Vincent, killed himself; Li’s short novel of 2019, Where Reasons End, took the form of a bereaved mother’s dialogue with her teenage son, who has taken his own […]

The Tidal Zone review – a search for stories in times of turmoil

With its focus on illness and uncertainty, it would have been easy for The Tidal Zone to drift. But Adam’s father’s unconventional backstory provides intrigue, and the history of Coventry Cathedral’s rebuilding, told in parallel, lends momentum. Raised from the ruins, its reconstruction also echoes Adam’s efforts to create a new normality for his family, […]

Signs for Lost Children review – Sarah Moss’s double study of alienation and independence

Sarah Moss’s last novel, Bodies of Light, ended in the 1880s with its heroine, Ally, qualifying as one of the first generation of female doctors and marrying Tom, an engineer specialising in the construction of lighthouses. Signs for Lost Children picks up the story weeks later. The young couple have moved to Cornwall, where Ally […]

Blindness review – blazing pandemic tale is brilliantly too close for comfort

For anyone finding conversations about the coronavirus pandemic extremely anxiety-inducing, this is not a show to distract you. But Blindness is an exquisitely told story of resilience, violence, and hope. Stevenson’s narration is so vivid, and the tech design so atmospheric, that you’d almost swear you could see each scene playing out in front of […]

Whyte vs Povetkin: Timing, pricing and booking details for Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin and Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon 2

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Dara O Briain review – serenely untroubled comic doesn’t stint on laughs

By instinct, I bridle at the frictionlessness of it all. But there’s no gainsaying O Briain’s comic aptitude, while his material is often refreshing in its intelligence, its scepticism of convention and easy simplifications. I enjoyed his scorn for the cult of high-end telly (Breaking Bad; Nordic noir) – even if the interactive routine assembling […]

Harry’s close pal Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip ‘had doubts’ about Meghan Markle & warned him to slow things down, claims new book

And we revealed how Prince Harry and Charles’ unbreakable bond means the door is still open for a return to royal life.

You CAN skip breakfast, going vegan ISN’T always healthier and salt on your chips WON’T give you a heart attack! A myth-busting book by PROFESSOR TIM SPECTOR says everything you think you know about food is WRONG

When I spent a week with the Hadza tribe in Tanzania, the last hunter-gatherers of East Africa, I was surprised. They seemed to be as lazy as us Westerners. They usually have a lie-in and go only as far as they need to get food, which, as most of the year it is plentiful, is […]