Articles by Jason Cowley
Cormac McCarthy's dislike of publicity has made him one of the commanding absences of American letters. But the huge success of his latest novel, The Road, may change that for good
Inspector Morse is one of Britain's most successful literary television adaptations. I first watched it while grieving for my father, and will always associate it with that time
Zadie Smith is the closest we have to a literary celebrity, but her unwillingness to appear in public means we know little about her. Of course, this merely enhances her appeal
Women are hardly marginalised in literary culture, so why the obligatory war cry from the Orange chair? Plus, can Vintage be trusted with the classics?
Publishing is a gloriously uncertain trade. Bestsellers cannot be manufactured, while low-key titles often achieve success through word of mouth
Most newspaper book review sections are parochial and outmoded. If you really want to keep up with the world of books, visit the blogosphere
Amid great secrecy, and after years of anonymous labour, here comes Thomas Harris's latest Hannibal Lecter novel. But do readers still care?
He didn't make the Booker longlist because he disdains literary prizes, but John le Carré remains one of the most under-rated of postwar British writers
Why does a novel about Hitler fail, while one about Rwanda triumphs? It's truth to fiction, rather than history, that counts