Cailean McBride

On the impossibility of the rock novel

There’s been something of a resurgence of rock music narratives of late. Taylor Jenkin Reid’s Daisy Jones and the Six has perhaps been the most visible recent example but in fiction, we’ve also had David Mitchell’s Utopia Street and on TV we’ve had Danny Boyle’s The Pistols and Sam Levison’s The Idols, among others. All…Read more

Paging Mr Eliot…

TS Eliot: After the Wasteland by Robert Crawford THIS IS big book. In fact, taken with its first volume, Robert Crawford could be said to have produced the definitive biography of TS Eliot. And it’s one that’s sorely needed. If there’s one literary figure of the 20th century in need of some re-evaluation then it’s…Read more

I want candy…

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan Jennifer Egan’s 2010 A Visit from the Goon Squad is rightly considered one of the key novels of the post-millennium period. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it touched the zeitgeist of the time, particularly in terms of discussion about how the internet, and digital technology in…Read more