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  • A.S. Byatt is a strange author – the first novel by her I read, Still Life, I loved.

    The Mathematics of Love « Tales from the Reading Room

  • A.S. Byatt is another author who writes about science in her fiction (eg that 4-novel sequence).

    Science and fiction ...

  • A biographer couldn’t say but since Byatt is a fiction writer, she can make it up.

    On the Lecture « So Many Books

  • But the magic is in the way Byatt suffuses her novel with details, from the shimmery sets of a marionette show to clay mixtures and pottery glazes.

    Cover to Cover

  • As in her Booker Prize – winning novel, Possession, here Byatt has constructed a complete and complex world, a gorgeous bolt of fiction, in this case pinned to British events and characters from the 1870s to the end of the Great War.

    Cover to Cover

  • "He must believe that his name is so extraordinary that anyone will pay an extra £250,000 to have him on their list," said Byatt in 1995 when, by being paid like a lawyer, Martin Amis made everyone jealous.

    Even if you show me yours, I'm not showing you mine | Catherine Bennett

  • Impossible as it might seem, greater pay transparency might prompt, in the absence of greater redistribution, discontent rather than harmony – witness the unhappy footballers and writers who have smarted, as the noble AS Byatt unforgettably did, when a showier rival was publicly awarded what Monbiot's critics call "silly money".

    Even if you show me yours, I'm not showing you mine | Catherine Bennett

  • David Mitchell's new novel of interlinked narratives, Cloud Atlas, takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride, says AS Byatt.

    My hero: Kate Bush by David Mitchell

  • How can the woman instructed to say no to Mills and Boon, to chicklit, even to AS Byatt, be stopped from falling back on Jane Austen, gaining false ideas about social advancement through romance, then descending. by degrees, into depravity, social exclusion and the queue for Quilliam's consulting room?

    But Mr Darcy, shouldn't we be taking precautions? | Catherine Bennett

  • Byatt has wrought a richly detailed, decade-spanning, at once Olympian and pointillist masterpiece.

    Books of the Year


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