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Philip Hensher claimed 'you would have to be a moron' to read only thrillers. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images " Thrillers are, at root, escapist and consolatory ... There is nothing wrong with being entertained by that from time to time, just
PD James The magnificent P D James received an Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival last week. Five decades of outstanding contribution to be precise, and still going strong, aged 90.
You refer to the Duke of Edinburgh as a "gaffe-prone consort" (Critics' Choice, 9 June). Also you had a recent article on 90 of Prince Philip's gaffes, which I found hilarious...But what the Duke says is quite deliberate, he says what he thinks and
Hugh Laurie and band performing on The Graham Norton Show Back in the 1970s the cartoonist Bud Handelsman supplied a strip to Punch called "Freaky Fables". This consisted of burlesque variations on well-known Bible stories or Greek myths.
His previous novel, The Northern Clemency, was a family saga set in Sheffield spanning the last quarter of the 20th century. An earlier book, The Mulberry Empire, dealt with Britain's doomed ambitions in Afghanistan in the late 1830s. King of the
Nigel Hicks Philip Hensher 's latest long novel seems to have been written with the heady ambition of bringing a Victorian breadth of satire to bear on contemporary Britain. This has clearly proved somewhat more problematic than the author might have
Just write about what you know." But it can lead to trouble, as Man Booker-shortlisted novelist Philip Hensher has discovered. The celebrated writer's new book, King of the Badgers , contains a fleeting account of life at a provincial university that
While some of us would be happy just to get round to writing a novel, some people want to have all the careers at once...Her new novel, Pride and Premiership (Walker Books, 6.99), was inspired when she read that two out of three girls' ideal futures
a ringside seat to Margaret Thatcher's dramatic demise, a fall he watched from behind the Speaker's chair Some people, I know, think very hard when they are still teenagers about what they want to achieve in life. They set down on a piece of paper
Helen Dunmore Privacy is the one thing no novelist allows his or her characters...Not only the body and mind, but the heart and the soul of each character is opened to the imagination of the reader, who is privileged to go where no census-form