"I had friends who were dying, and I realised, 'I’m writing a soufflé'"
Neil D.A. Stewart picks out 2018’s greatest new books
"Sabrina is a book about a very twenty-first century tragedy. It’s about how death is reported, mediated, sensationalised, politicised"
"I have seen Thurston Moore wandering around looking for food, clutching a forlorn Spar. Now they’ve even shut the Spar. Laugharne does its own thing"
"Things reached a head in 2011 after police murdered 16-year-old Diego Felipe Becerra while he tagged his signature, Felix the Cat, on the walls of an underpass"
"These unnerving stories resonate in – or haunt – the mind long after reading"
"I was distracted by the density of references to specific brands, cuts of clothes, and dialogue plucked from the movies – 'capeesh?'"
Picasso was here, Matisse, Chagall. It was the hot spot for a postwar jet set. Good food, a sunny terrace and art heists – welcome to La Colombe d’Or
"These charismatic spaces often attract high-profile actors and directors"
"I was in London in the summer of 1980 and I was 15 and people were dressing as pirates"