Emily Rhodes

Calais Migrants Attempt To Find A Way To Reach The UK

Meet the librarians – and book borrowers – of the Calais Jungle

In the middle of the Calais migrant camp, there is a book-filled haven of peace

Author Jonathan Galassi (Photo: Elena Seibert)

Jonathan Galassi’s fictional poet made me doubt my knowledge of American literature

Jonathan Galassi is an American publisher, poet and translator. In his debut novel Muse, his passion for the ‘good old…

A first edition of F Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' (Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

The dark side of Delhi

When Sara discovers that her husband died in India, rather than being killed in Afghanistan as she was told, she…

Couple in heated argument

Melissa Kite comes out fighting. Again

Madison Flight is a divorce lawyer, nicknamed ‘the Chair-Scraper’ for the number of times she leaps to her feet arguing…


Long live bookshops!

Ebooks are everywhere, but a few independent bookshops are staging a valiant rearguard action


The unexpected joys of working while pregnant

‘You are like my cat.’ So I was told when eight-and-a-half months pregnant, just before going on maternity leave from…


Early editions

Contributing to a homegrown school magazine can inspire a passion for writing that endures into adulthood, says Emily Rhodes


L.P. Hartley’s guide to coping with a heatwave

Those of us who have been struggling to endure the recent heat should turn to L.P. Hartley’s classic coming-of-age novel The…

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Great literary tea parties (oh, and ours)

Every summer this magazine invites some of its (randomly selected) subscribers to tea in the garden. Every Englishman loves tea…

Reading: it’s not as solitary as you might think

Book clubs

Everyone knows somebody who belongs to a book club. From informal gatherings of bookish friends in living rooms and cafés…


First novels: When romance develops from an old photograph

The intensely lyrical Ghost Moth is set in Belfast in 1969, as the Troubles begin and when Katherine, housewife and…


By the book: The NSA is behaving like a villain in a 1950s novel

The continuing drip-feed of stories about governments and friendly-seeming internet giants sifting through our data has left some citizens feeling…

Lose weight the Muriel Spark way

Those of you dieting your way to a svelte physique amid the flesh-exposing terrors of summer should take courage from…


What a tortoise can teach us

Five lessons from my new pet

Shire, by Ali Smith - review

Pastoral elegy is not what you expect to find in a collection of short stories, but then Ali Smith is…

By the book: All passion rent

According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, 81 per cent of British people want to own their homes within the…

The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner - review

This bright, burning flame of a novel takes place in the art world of 1970s New York. Our guide to…

Things I Don’t Want to Know, by Deborah Levy - review

In her powerful rejoinder to Orwell’s 1946 essay ‘Why I Write’, Deborah Levy responds to his proposed motives for writing…


The birth of the Walking Book Club

How I came to run a book club on Hampstead Heath – and why it works

Staplehurst Crash

A tale of HS2 cities

The route was unveiled this week for phase two of HS2 — and those who got hot under the collar…

The Wizard of Oz

The Conservatives’ next election campaign will be run by Lynton Crosby, an Australian whose success has earned him the title…

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Girls’ own

We still need a women’s prize for fiction

Last orders

Sad news from the Campaign for Real Ale, which says that more and more young people are drinking at home…

The Tortoise and the Lib Dems

The Lib Dems have been thoroughly ineffectual in the coalition. So much so that some of us — including Hugo…