"This is a restaurant where tradition is (forgive me) baked in"
"To the shy or less than gregarious among us, the cruise sounds like hell on water"
In a year defined by a sense of stultification, existential dread and a slender grip on sanity, there were some remarkable works of art
"Pig is mythic, macho and very serious about what it wants to say. But what does it want to say?"
"Pandemics, zombie cities, political coups attempted by inept supervillains – the stuff of fiction invaded real life this year"
"All this is bleak stuff. Delighted as I always am to see my home city represented in fiction, and to rewalk its geography in prose, I also cavil at depictions of Glaswegian life that are unremittingly grim"
"One question still vexes me, year in, year out. Where can I take my parents for dinner in London?"
"You feel for the can’t-decide crowd who check the menu outside, assess the cheery downstairs room through the windows, and then are led upstairs"
Neil D.A. Stewart picks ten of the best, from escapism to studies in common humanity