John Self

John Self is a book critic and lead fiction reviewer for The Critic. He lives in Belfast. @John_Self

Narrative, voice and good novels — not always at the same time

Down with the gratitude-bloat of authors’ endless lists of acknowledgements

An actress turned author, a Kafkaesque fantasy and a 1960s re-release stir the imagination

From Young Mungo to The Candy House: three new novels to read this month

Why is the publishing industry so obsessed with debuts?

The best, and the not-so-great, new fiction to read this month

No infectious disease has left its scars on the body of literature like tuberculosis

One hundred years ago two literary masterpieces changed the literary world forever

This selection of new fiction is marked by both novelty and tradition

The greatest works of fiction published this year