Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer, and the archetypal Canadian concerns are there for all to fmd in her latest novel, from the pOlitics of the extreme centre to the paranoid schizophrenia that Ms Atwood herself (in her lively study of Canadian literature, Survival) diagnoses as the national illness of her fellow ‘exiles and invaders’, with their tensions and choices to pull them in opposite directions.
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'He wrote obsessively and at tremendous length – as a youth William drew a witty sketch of his father vigorously beating a dead horse – and frayed his nerves in the process.'
John Banville charts the turbulent life of William James.
'Everyone talks about the light on Hydra, but sometimes there’s a very good reason why everyone talks about something. The light on Hydra is bronze and blinding.'
Joanna Kavenna on Athens, the Inklings, and why Homer thought sheep were purple.