Monthly Archives: October 2013

A new chapter for libraries

A reflection on the changing face of a pivotal urban institution as the new £188m Library of Birmingham prepares to open to the public, That wonderful, mad ambition to contain all the knowledge in the world has been with us…

The first bohemians

The First Bohemians: Love and squalor There was nothing affected about the lifestyle, if you can call it that, of these bohemians, many of whom were derelicts. There was no need to take your lobster for a walk, as the…

Eleanor Catton wins the Man Booker Prize

So, Eleanor Catton with The Luminaries it is. The youngest Man Booker winner in the prize’s history (she is 28 but completed The Luminaries aged 27) has triumphed with the longest ever Man Booker winning novel (832 pages). Catton is…

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Edward Docx hails what could be the most prescient satirical commentary on the early internet age In a recent essay published in these pages, Jonathan Franzen inveighed against what he sees as the glibness and superficiality of the new online…