JC Kannemeyer’s ‘JM Coetzee: A Life in Writing’
On His Terms
How many biographies of Nobel Prize winners have to start by clarifying the name of their subject? Such is the mystery of South African author JM Coetzee that even his full name – John Maxwell Coetzee – has been in doubt, one factor among many feeding the “half-tr
A drive of around 8000 kilometres, there and back, requires plenty of planning if you’re travelling with a child and you don’t drive at night. We don’t because of the risk to wildlife, and to ourselves. Also, as vegans, we can’t just eat whatever is on
After our daughter flew out of the country, we took three weeks’ holiday. We’d thought of going to New Zealand but changed our minds. If, in her early weeks away, she should need money, need something, need us, it’d be better that we were close to home.
Anna Funder finds her feet in Brooklyn
Anna Funder made her name playing Alice in a totalitarian Wonderland. With the wide-eyed innocence and stubborn wilfulness of Lewis Carroll’s heroine, she set out in Stasiland, published in 2004, to explore the psychological wreckage of the German Democratic Republic
Visiting Orhan Pamuk’s 'Museum of Innocence'
The novel lives
Stretching the three kilometres from the city’s funicular railway station to Taksim Square in party-central Beyolğu, İstiklal Avenue is Istanbul’s most famous street. It thrums with shoppers, tourists, processions and protest marches, the metallic clatter of the city insistent, unremitting. Left and right along its length run cobbled alleyways, their s