Hilary Mantel and Penelope Fitzgerald have saved historical fiction from a middlebrow wasteland.
Books about London in its Olympic year and after see Americanization eroding the city’s gift for democratic gradualism.
“Financial, economic, military and political” inertia, fracking, National Socialism, Henry James, the Battle in Seattle
Nothing ages faster than the idea of an “ageless” writer. Consider the posthumous career of Henry James.
The Beginner’s Goodbye, The Chemistry of Tears and the burden of inheritance.