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Literature

 SS Canberra at sea, c.1962. Courtesy: © P&O Heritage Collection

Storms arise, the boat pitches and rolls, passengers are literally and figuratively tossed together

By Emily LaBarge

A Nobel Prize-winning writer, a misogynist, a small-town boy with a haughty, big-city gaze: Naipaul’s life was marked by a sense of doubleness

By Cody Delistraty

The continued dominance of UK-US writers makes a mockery of the Man Booker’s ‘global outlook’

By Harry Thorne

The frieze columnist's first novel is an homage to, and embodiment of, the late, great Kathy Acker

By Olivia Laing

Publishing elegant, peculiar studies in fine attention and finer craft, how the small London press is producing some of the best writing around

By Cal Revely-Calder

The poet on the ‘strange portability’ of life on the road 

By Elaine Kahn

The novelist explored Jewish identity in the US through a lens of frustrated heterosexuality

By Andrew Durbin

The US writer, who died last week, brought a quality of inestimable importance to the modern novel: a mind that was wholly in tune with the times

By Michael Bracewell

Homages to the writers and friends at Tate St Ives and Turner Contemporary pay tribute to their affection for the sea as a cipher for the self

By Phoebe Cripps

Before ‘fake news’ and the turn against Facebook, painter David Salle remembers a book that predicted how the media sphere would shatter

By David Salle

As the Man Booker Prize debates whether to nix US writers, the ‘homogenized future’ some novelists fear for British literature is already here

By Andrew Durbin
Photography: Clément Pascal

Curators Tom Eccles and Amy Zion take a literary theme for 2018