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Ducks and cover

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann Galley Beggar Press, £14.99, pp1020 . Why, I asked some months back, in these pages, do the protagonists in American fiction these days seem so lost? What is it they’re all so het up about? Well… everything. At least according to the narrator of Ducks, Newburyport. Lucy Ellmann’s monster novel [...]

All good things must come to an end

Some Trick: thirteen stories by Helen DeWitt New Directions, £22.95, pp.197 Certain American States by Catherine Lacey Granta, £12.99, pp.190 Hostages by Oisín Fagan Head of Zeus, £8.99, pp.269 Notes from the Fog by Ben Marcus Granta, £12.99, pp.266 The Abyss and Other Stories by Leonid Andreyev Alma Books, £8.99, pp.315 . Only Helen DeWitt [...]

Fair tradesmen

Review of a Norwegian book on loft conversions. (Standard.) – For The Spectator

We were musketeers once, and young

Long, ‘lost’ sequel to The Three Musketeers, reviewed. – For The Spectator

NEWS AT A GLANCE

. Omnibuses in Holland are fitted with letter-boxes. — The Nelson Evening Mail, July 13 1908 . A ‘havelock’ is the flap of cloth that hangs down from a soldier’s kepi, to protect the neck. Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States drew bigger crowds to Washington DC than any previous inauguration. The [...]

Heroes in error

Review of War Porn. – For The Spectator

Missing in action

Review of A Long Watch: War, Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka. – For The Spectator

Bollcks to the new-born king!

Troll(ing) the ancient Yuletide carol. – For The Spectator

Our foreign colleagues

Review of Tell Spring Not to Come This Year. – For The Spectator

Blessed are the speechmakers?

A back-handed tribute to President William Henry Harrison. – For The Spectator