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Latest articles from Jackie McGlone

Linda Grant on her 'Dickensian' new novel, A Stranger City

ON the final page of her new novel, Linda Grant acknowledges that the origins of A Stranger City go back many years, to 1992 when she stood at the grave of an unknown woman who had drowned herself in the Thames. The woman was the subject of a TV documentary about paupers’ funerals and Grant, then a freelance journalist, was writing about it for The Times.

Tessa Hadley on Late in the Day

THERE IS SOMETHING pleasing about the title of Tessa Hadley’s brilliant new novel – an event that always sparks joy to borrow a phrase from the Japanese tidying-up expert who wants us to throw away most of our books. Late in the Day is Hadley’s seventh novel and I am thrilled to add it to the clutter of joyous books with which I share my home.

Novelist Meg Wolitzer on misogyny, female power, friendship...and betrayal

MEG WOLITZER’S TWELFTH NOVEL has come out with exquisite timing in this post-Weinstein #Me Too era. Which means that The Female Persuasion, which unfolds after its clever, shy heroine – Greer – is horrifically groped by a freshman at a mediocre Connecticut college frat party, is being hailed as having presciently nailed the feminist zeitgeist.

Review: The Overstory, by Richard Powers

WHILE we talk, novelist Richard Powers is gazing out at his “backyard,” which is larger than your average, white picket-fenced suburban plot since “it covers 800 square miles and a half-a-million acres of forest”.

Alison White on the reality of bringing up a disabled child

WHEN ALISON WHITE climbed onto the plastic bath in her Glasgow home pointing her camera straight down at her two-year-old son, Louis, lying flat in shallow water, she had no idea that the photograph would become an iconic image of her severely mentally and physically disabled child.