Marcel Proust

Dieting Writers, Christmas Binges, and the Sad Goodbye to Sugar

Joel Tennant | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joel Tennant

In the world of food and writing, I'm an al dente moaner, a social commentator looking through the holes of glazed ring doughnuts. There's no doubt, after all, that the life of someone who feels the need to write about the world around them tend to have a keen eye for the most delicious foods, often in the largest quantities.

Sydney and Violet Schiff: A New Biography of a Marginal Modern Marriage

Amy Licence | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Licence

Stephen Klaidman's new biog-raphy of Sydney and Violet Schiff highlights an interesting couple, who made their own con-tribution to literary circles of the 1920s. Relatively overlooked until now, the Schiffs appear on the surface to be a conventional mid-dle class couple, based in London and the South of France.

We Have Nothing to Lose But Our USP!

Joanna Kavenna | Posted 02.08.2012 | Home
Joanna Kavenna

I met a literary agent the other day. She told me that these days when you sell a novel to publishers, there has to be a USP. "A what?" I said. "'Unique Selling Point. You know, narrated by a hermaphrodite, or someone who has been repeatedly raped by their grandfather, that sort of thing.