Paul Binding

A derelict building in Jaffna – part of the legacy of Sri Lanka's years of civil war. Photograph: Luis Ascui/Getty Images

Tip-toeing through Sri Lanka

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘The first night I stayed in Kilinochchi, I was a little apprehensive,’ admits the usually cool-headed Vasantha, van-driver and narrator…


The making of a novelist

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Karl Ove Knausgaard was eight months old when his family moved to the island of Tromøya; he left it aged…

Francis King   Photo: Denis Jones/Evening Standard /REX

From frankness to obsession - the novels of Francis King

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Paul Binding reassesses the novels of Francis King, who died last year

The Child’s Child, by Barbara Vine – review

16 March 2013 9:00 am

‘I always know when a novel is going to be a Barbara Vine one,’ Ruth Rendell said to me in…

A snake in the grass

15 September 2012 9:00 am

‘He walked straight past the wolf and picked up the dead garter snake.’ This is the exemplary sentence that young…

Doctor in distress

26 May 2012 4:00 pm

It is winter 1936. Every weekday morning a group of young people travel by train from Ferrara, their home city,…

Abiding inspiration

17 March 2012 9:00 am

In 1971 looking back over his life, Lionel Trilling (1905-1975) declared himself surprised at being referred to as a critic.…


The father of songs

20 August 2011 12:00 am

‘The two great gifts of the Greeks to humanity, said the poet Hölderlin, were Orpheus-Love and Homer-Song.’


. . . or sensing impending doom

23 April 2011 12:00 am

‘What am I? A completely ordinary person from the so-called higher reaches of society.

Terrors of the imagination

8 October 2008 12:00 am

The Beacon, by Susan Hill

The importance of being Henrik

6 December 2006 4:42 pm

The celebrations and theatre- productions for this centenary year of Ibsen’s death certainly attest to the continuing vitality of his…

A member of the awkward squad

9 August 2006 3:41 pm

On an autumn Saturday in 1944 Private Robert Prentice, an 18-year-old rifleman trainee, makes a long journey from his camp…

Small is beautiful

12 November 2005 12:00 am

The British, publishers and booksellers regularly tell us, have an antipathy to the short story; they respond unfavourably to even…

Singing for your supper

21 September 2002 12:00 am

On 23 February l937 a small boy of seven arrives at Victoria station, London. Here he is met, as arranged,…