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

The acclaimed novelist harboured dreams of writing verse

There’s much that can go wrong when the drama of a book is transferred to the stage

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

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

Give up writing, men – the world will be a happier place when you do

The first episode of The Critic Books Podcast: in conversation with J. R. Thorp.

Kit Wilson says the slow atrophy of the English novel is contributing to a decline in empathy and the rise of tribalism, trolling and “stay in your lane” identity politics

There are still plenty of institutions worth mocking