Books 19 October 2012

Black Box: great story, bad twitterature

Jennifer Egan’s sci-fi thriller may have first been serialised on Twitter, but it triumphs in spite of the medium, not because of it.

Books 27 July 2012

What if Anne Frank were still alive...?

Comic novel Hope: A Tragedy, featuring an old, foul-mouthed Anne Frank living in upstate New York, makes serious points about the Holocaust.

Books 6 July 2012

What if Anne Frank were still alive...?

Comic novel Hope: A Tragedy, featuring an old, foul-mouthed Anne Frank living in upstate New York, makes serious points about the Holocaust.

Books 29 June 2012

Why all the fuss over Fifty Shades?

Feminists claim that a saucy trilogy of books is debasing female readers – which just goes to show how little they think of other women.

Books 31 May 2012

Why all the fuss over Fifty Shades?

Feminists claim that a saucy trilogy of books is debasing female readers – which just goes to show how little they think of other women.

22 May 2012

The Dictator: satirising America

Sacha Baron Cohen’s rollicking comedy about a tinpot tyrant is more a send-up of Americans than Arabs.

10 May 2012

A bad tan doesn't
equal a bad parent

It should be no business of anti-bronzing health freaks whether ‘tan mum’ chooses to have a burnt-to-the-crisp complexion.

2 May 2012

Airbrushed ads don’t make you sick

It takes a very dim view of the public to believe that touched-up images of super-skinny models cause anorexia.

25 April 2012

A nation of cake-
loving racists?

Those keen to brand Sweden racist on the basis of a tasteless gateau need to get some perspective.

19 April 2012

It isn’t only Breivik
who’s on trial in Oslo

The killer seems to have acted alone. So why the clamour to blame his actions on everything from divorce to football hooliganism to Sweden?