A Long Island Story

Rick Gekoski’s follow up to his critically acclaimed debut, Darke, is a novel about 1950s America, a marriage in crisis, and a family falling apart at the seams. It is 1953, a heat wave is sweeping across America and the Grossmans – Ben, Addie and their two children...
Conrad: The moral world of the novelist

Conrad: The moral world of the novelist

Closely based on my Oxford D Phil, 1972. I don’t believe in the brandishing of keys to writers – Conrad is no more a lock or door than a casket. The central opposition or tension in Conrad is that between his ‘vision of personal autonomy’ and his ‘vision of social...
Staying Up

Staying Up

I am the only football fan who has written a book containing an inside account of a year in the life of a Premiership team. OK, it was only Coventry City, but the season was 1997/1998, and we finished solidly in the middle of the league, and got to the quarterfinals...
Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir

Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir

The title is from Groucho Marx: “Outside of a Dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read,” which is both funny and a demonstration that homilies about reading are stupid. The subtitle – A Bibliomemoir – is a term and category I have made...