Solar by Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan excels at climate science but his one-dimensional protagonist makes you shudder.
The Observer, March 14th 2010
The Last Bachelor by Jay McInerney
Jay McInerney's bright lights may have been dimmed but sex in the city remains a constant source of satire, writes Jason Cowley.
The Observer, January 11th 2009
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
In investigating what sets geniuses apart, is Malcolm Gladwell also asking what makes him so special, wonders Jason Cowley.
The Observer, November 23rd 2008
Indignation by Philip Roth
Philip Roth's astounding and sustained period of late creativity has been notable for one unifying preoccupation: death.
The Observer, September 14th 2008
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
It's clear that for Murakami, running has a moral dimension.
The Observer, August 10th 2008
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin
Peter Godwin's desire to chronicle the breakdown of Zimbabwe in When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, suffers from his reluctance to spend time in the country he calls home, says Jason Cowley.
The Observer, March 4th 2007
House of Stone by Christina Lamb
Christina Lamb tells the true story of a white farmer and his black servant before and after Mugabe in her illuminating and flawed House of Stone, says Jason Cowley.
The Observer, May 14th 2006
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Brian Eno and David Byrne
The first crossing of intelligent pop with strange samples still startles, writes Jason Cowley.
The Observer, March 19th 2006
Aerial by Kate Bush
She's still deep, if occasionally unfathomable. Jason Cowley delights in an alchemist's return.
The Observer, October 16th 2005
Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie vividly explores our post-9/11 world in Shalimar the Clown, says Jason Cowley.
The Observer, September 11th 2005
The Fight by Norman Mailer
The leading character in Mailer's thrilling account of the 1974 world heavyweight boxing championship in Kinshasa - the Rumble in the Jungle - is not Muhammad Ali, as you would expect, or even his ferocious rival George Foreman, then thought by many to be unbeatable. It is not Don King... No, the main character is Norman Mailer, naturally enough.
The Observer, May 8th 2005
A Jealous Ghost by AN Wilson
AN Wilson is the latest author to succumb to the allure of Henry James in A Jealous Ghost. Why does he keep writing fiction, asks Jason Cowley.
The Observer, April 10th 2005
Campo Santo by WG Sebald
WG Sebald's last book, Campo Santo, offers further proof of his rare gift for tackling Germany's pain, says Jason Cowley
The Observer, February 27th 2005
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories by Delmore Schwarz
Delmore Schwartz's precociously brilliant account of an ill-fated courtship, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, was the peak of his career.
The Observer, May 4th 2003
Fragrant Harbour by John Lanchester
John Lanchester 's powers of pastiche remain undiminished in his new novel: Fragrant Harbour.
The Observer, June 30th 2002
Youth by JM Coetzee
Coetzee's gloomy hero questions life's meaning in his new novel Youth, but to little purpose.
The Observer, April 21st 2002
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
A memoir from Alexandra Fuller and a study from Martin Meredith give a timely and frightening reminder of Zimbabwe's descent into anarchy.
The Observer, February 24th 2002
Something to Declare by Julian Barnes
Julian Barnes 's love affair with France is based on a wilful fantasy.
The Observer, January 6th 2002