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Katie Law

Katie Law is the Books Editor of the Evening Standard. She has been on the staff for over thirty years and as well as writing book reviews, she contributes author interviews and arts-related features. She moved from north to west London in the 1990s and when not reading, is usually gardening or trying to make glazed white bowls.


Bear by Marian Engel review

Hailed as an erotic masterpiece when it was first published in the 1970s, this Canadian feminist tale, published in the UK for the first time, about a woman having sex with a bear in the wilds of northern Ontario, is a completely nutty but oddly beguiling fantasy, says Katie Law


A Cure for Darkness by Alex Riley: How I live with mental illness

Lobotomies, electroshock therapy and crippling medication are just some of the treatments that have been used to treat depression in the past. Science writer and sufferer, Alex Riley decided to write a book about the history and treatment of depression, partly to help heal himself, he tells Katie Law


Douglas Stuart on life after winning the Booker Prize

He became the most sought-after author overnight, but being stuck indoors in lockdown meant everything was virtual. Douglas Stuart tells Katie Law about his next novel, turning Shuggie Bain into a TV series and why his story has universal appeal


The restaurants we can’t wait to return to

After far too long locked up, the Standard’s writers are practically drooling at the thought of getting back out on the town


Fidelity by Marco Missiroli review

Already a bestseller in Italy and currently being made into a Netflix series, this novel about love, fidelity and the cost of betrayal is an absolute scorcher, says Katie Law


Jean Hanff Korelitz on transforming her novel into The Undoing

Katie Law talks to the author about how her novel You Should Have Known became The Undoing for HBO, why erasing the Jewish elements from the original story didn’t matter, meeting Nicole Kidman on set and touching that coat


World Sleep Day: meet Matthew Walker, the man of your dreams

It’s World Sleep Day today and as lockdown lack of sleep continues to be one of the nation’s biggest battles, neuroscientist and author of Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker shares his top tips with Katie Law for how to get a better night’s kip


Julie Burchill finds new publisher and apologises for tweets

After her tweets about Islam were deemed offensive, publishers Hachette cancelled Julie Burchill’s book. Now an Edinburgh-based indie publisher is bringing it out instead, and Burchill has issued a full apology


Why are we all still getting divorce so wrong?

As Alice Evans and Ioan Gruffud split with bitter acrimony, Katie Law says we need to get a grip but breaking up is still so hard to do


The best diet books for 2021

Learn how to beat burnout, batch cook or go pegan (that’s paleo-meets-vegan) with the new wave of diet books, says Katie Law 


People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd review: the dark side of Instagram

Husband-and-wife team Ellery Lloyd’s debut novel is a slick thriller about the perils of putting oneself in the social spotlight


Part poet, part preacher, part performer, Amanda Gorman is solid gold

The 22-year-old’s stunning poetry recital stole the show at Joe Biden’s inauguration 


10 romantic books you’ll love if you blitzed Bridgerton

If you are feeling bereft at having finished the Netflix series, curl up with some steamy slushy books instead


The culture that saved us: how audiobooks got me through 2020

What a snob I was. Turns out you can enjoy books while walking, driving, bathing and epilating 


Three new high-minded guides to happiness

First it was ‘hygge’, then came the trend for books by mindful monks. Now it’s the philosophers turn to tell us how to live well. Katie Law investigates

London Life

Sarah Pinborough on sex, the supernatural and six-figure book deals

Sarah Pinborough has drawn on a previous abusive relationship to write this year’s must-read thriller. Here, the new queen of grip-lit tells Katie Law about women behaving badly and why she only likes dating married men


Maggie O’Farrell scoops Waterstones Book of the Year award for Hamnet

The bookseller’s award is just the latest in a string of accolades that Maggie O’Farrell has won for her heart-wrenching novel about the death of Shakespeare’s only son Hamnet; here she talks about child mortality, how she recreated an authentic 16th century voice, and why she is turning to writing children’s stories; plus an exclusive extract from Hamnet


I Hate Men by Pauline Harmange review:

A bisexual blogger from Lille has written an incendiary polemic against men that’s all smoke and no fire, says Katie Law


Tom Hanks exclusive extract: My love affair with typewriters

The actor reveals his passion for typewriters and how they’ve inspired his writing, in a new introduction in this reissued edition of his debut short story collection, Uncommon Type 


Become a named character in a Margaret Atwood novel

The Handmaid’s Tale author is one of several writers offering people the chance to become a named character in their work, in aid of human rights charity Freedom from Torture