Lucy Ives argues that Nella Larsen – author of ‘terse, obsessively observed fiction’ – penned the best book of 1928.
Nicole Flattery on why Penelope Mortimer’s The Pumpkin Eater is the best book of 1962.
Beth Gardiner on why volume one of Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson series is the best book of 1982.
‘This old circuit, which had been partly dormant, connected to an earlier memory. It was warm and fizzy and sharp. Then he stepped away, and the current was broken.’
‘Europe has proved to be at its best when it embraced unity in diversity.’
‘Is that what family is for? Helping you to understand what formed you?’
‘For all its flimsiness, the cage takes itself terribly seriously, restricting access, glorying in the name of Fatherland.’
‘I wear my fear around me / I fan it out on my pillow’
‘Identity, it seemed, was not so self-determined after all.’
‘We are the ones who are responsible for not repeating the mistakes of the past.’
‘Fervent social awareness and civic passion have deserted today’s Europe.’ Translated from the French by Alison Anderson.
New fiction from Rebekah Frumkin, featuring psychiatrists brandishing DSM–5, delusions, transference and the menacing voice of Alex Trebek.
‘The husband, when we are introduced, will already be the husband.’
‘I did not understand / the code that held / me to the world.’
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