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RSSMix.com Mix ID 8249793:A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré – digested read on BenGummer.net ‘I didn’t sleep with Doris, codename Tulip. I made love to her as she passed me Soviet secrets’What follows is a truthful account – in as much as any old spook is capable of being truthful – of my […]

RSSMix.com Mix ID 8249793: Martin Amis rounds on Donald Trump and his ‘army of neo-Nazis’ on BenGummer.net British novelist, now based in the US, uses Guardian interview to compare the president to Mussolini, saying he is ‘that crazy, that deluded’Martin Amis has suggested that Donald Trump may be suffering from dementia, and is readying himself […]

RSSMix.com Mix ID 8249793:Smile by Roddy Doyle review – a bleak picture of institutional abuse on BenGummer.net A chance encounter in a Dublin pub leads a middle-aged man to relive his past in a devastating novel with a shocking twistSmile – classic Roddy Doyle, but with a shocking twist – opens with the 54-year-old narrator, Victor, alone in […]

RSSMix.com Mix ID 8249793:On my radar: Stuart Braithwaite’s cultural highlights on BenGummer.net The Mogwai guitarist on true-crime podcasts, horror movies, New York’s best vegan restaurant, and a Tuareg songwriter to see before you dieBorn in South Lanarkshire in 1976, Stuart Braithwaite fronted band Deadcat Motorbike and drummed for Eska before forming post-rock band Mogwai in […]

RSSMix.com Mix ID 8249793:A Legacy of Spies review – a final turn from Smiley’s Circus? on BenGummer.net John le Carré revisits old ground in a polished thriller with a distinct valedictory tone to itOld age marks a rendezvous with reality that provokes timeless questions. At the end of John le Carré’s new novel, his greatest […]

RSSMix.com Mix ID 8249793:The Burning Girl by Claire Messud review – innocence and loss on BenGummer.net Young adolescence is vividly captured in this sober novel about relationships and the price of maturityDavid Copperfield, Jane Eyre and Huckleberry Finn all employed a voice that was then new to fiction: that of a powerless child indicting power misused. It is […]

RSSMix.com Mix ID 8249793:John le Carré on Trump: ‘Something seriously bad is happening’ on BenGummer.net Author draws parallels between Donald Trump and rise of 1930s fascism, in rare public appearance at Royal Festival Hall John le Carré, one of Britain’s greatest living writers, has spoken of the “toxic” parallels between the rise of Donald Trump […]

RSSMix.com Mix ID 8249793: Plato, pulp and guns: meet Gabriel Tallent, the author of 2017’s most talked-about novel on BenGummer.net My Absolute Darling is a page-turning thriller that’s been compared to Catch-22 and To Kill a Mockingbird by Stephen King. Its author reveals how a feminist, bushwhacking childhood in California inspired his dark debutTurtle Alveston, […]

RSSMix.com Mix ID 8249793: How Khaled Hosseini finds hope in telling refugees’ stories on BenGummer.net The author’s new story Sea Prayer is being staged in virtual reality for the Guardian. He explains how his work for the UN – and wish to make a difference – inspired it• Watch Sea Prayer in 360 degreesI arrive […]

RSSMix.com Mix ID 8249793:Top 10 books on postwar France on BenGummer.net Novelist Alex Christofi chooses books, by authors from Françoise Sagan to James Salter, that conjure an era fraught with political struggle and possibility The decades immediately after the second world war must have felt like a strange time to be alive. The French economist […]

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