Wolf Hall

What’s Your Style?

Can you tell if a writer has a particular style? I didn’t think I had one until my agent pointed it out. I’d always assumed that most writers don’t have just one style but an infinite number ready for use. Good writers can pastiche and mimic. Great ones perform miracles of assimilation that make you believe […]

In Praise Of Hilary Mantel

I brought an awful lot of books away with me (don’t say ‘Kindle’ – most of them aren’t out yet; I’m judging) and there were a lot of awful books. Not that I had time to do any reading on this trip. The hotel libraries I checked had books in English, Japanese, French and German […]