Is V S Naipaul a great writer?

When we launched our book on V S Naipaul following his death in August, V.S.Naipaul – the Legacy, it provoked some of the strongest arguments that I have seen about an author. Branded a misogynist, a racist, and a right wing grump on the one hand, there was an...

Can Amazon beat all competition?

As Stuart Haining writes in his book Planet Amazon – The Day the Earth was Renamed, if current trends continue – a rather big IF – then by 2055 Amazon could be responsible for half the world’s GDP. Of course in 1896, it was predicted that if current...

Which author died too early?

For me there is only one author that immediately springs to mind – and that is John Keats. When he died in February 1821 in Rome, suffering from consumption and being treated with blood letting of all things, he was aged 25 – and I have never ceased...

What is the importance of literary analysis?

Very early on, when I was having real doubts about the value of literary analysis – not helped by my lecturers taking that elitist cop out that if you don’t just know the value of literary analysis then you shouldn’t even bother as you’ll never know, I came...

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