Philip Larkin

The decline and fall of the dreaming spires and their replacement by shuttered shops, sad cafés and mothballed pubs

The great man’s peerless poetry is not the “soppy stuff” of cheap romanticism, but a harsh, unsparing — and often beautiful — look at the world

It’s time to appreciate Kingsley Amis — flaws and all

The acclaimed novelist harboured dreams of writing verse

This is not only an objective biography by a distinguished academic, it is also a warm personal memoir

Philip Larkin’s long association with Kingsley and Martin Amis resulted in the poet being misrepresented and misunderstood

When Larkin is inevitably denounced, I’ll be reading his forbidden work by torchlight

James Booth reviews ‘Somewhere Becoming Rain: Collected Writings on Philip Larkin’