"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
"At last I felt like I knew what all the fuss was about" Neil D.A. Stewart on palace life in Jaipur
"The girls had ironed hair that hung lower, it seemed in some cases, than the hems of their dresses"
"I’ve always viewed the idea of going on a cruise ship as similar to checking in to jail for a week"
"As a design destination, it’s already moving at warp speed"