Philip Matthews on the Alanis Morrissette of literature – yelping, abrasive 90s has-been Martin Amis.
The year's biggest literary prize - the Man Booker award - is announced on Wednesday morning, October 18 (NZ time). All week this week we review the six shortlisted titles. Today: Philip Matthews on Paul Auster's 4 3 2 1, and the favourite to win, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.
Music memoirs are so hot right now. Philip Matthews reads one of the best new books of the bunch - a hilarious account by Will Carruthers of Spacemen 3, a "drug parakeet" who ended up digging trenches.
A new edition of George Orwell's 1984 appears just as a new ruler of doublespeak and fake news casts his shadow over the world. Philip Matthews re-examines the novel that serves as a prophecy.
Philip Matthews examines three new books looking back at the day the music died: December 6, 1969, when the Hells Angels murdered a guy at a Rolling Stones concert.
Sex in America, sex in France, sex in Croatia, and a Sylvia Plath character demands, "I want you to fuck me": Philip Matthews reviews a book of stories by CK Stead.