Three Columns

Delayed News My father has been dead for seven years now. Seven years, I would never have suspected that of him. On the day of his funeral it was uncommonly cold. There was a biting wind, which snatched the breath away from everything that was still alive. As the coffin sank into the ground, it…

‘Why?’ is Not the Right Question

On the Work of Carl Friedman ‘The war only looks acceptable if you dress it up in big words and empty phrases. It’s an utterly sordid business, and you shouldn’t write about it in flowery language.’ In an interview which followed the publication of her first book Nightfather (Tralievader, 1991), a novel about her father’s…