Reviewed in the LRB, volume 41 number 9, 9 May 2019

Books reviewed in volume 41 number 9 of The London Review of Books (9 May 2019).

Exceeding My Brief

Barbara Hosking

Bee Wilson writes:

Barbara Hosking was eating chicken curry in a bungalow in Tanganyika one day in the 1950s when she felt the room shaking. She was lunching with her old schoolfriend Mary, and ...

Machines Like Me

Ian McEwan

Ian Patterson writes:

There’s a very short story by Diane Williams which came into my mind while I was reading Machines like Me, Ian McEwan’s 15th novel. It’s called ‘Machinery’ and ...

Armand V

Dag Solstad

Adam Mars-Jones writes:

A bid of ‘Misère’ in a game of solo whist means that the player undertakes to lose every trick – it’s a sort of grand slam in reverse. Dag Solstad’s contract ...

T Singer

Dag Solstad, translated by Tiina Nunnally

Adam Mars-Jones writes:

A bid of ‘Misère’ in a game of solo whist means that the player undertakes to lose every trick – it’s a sort of grand slam in reverse. Dag Solstad’s contract ...