The amount of pressure on young men still to get on with it and to bottle it up and to be strong and be certain is overwhelming. And it shows in the UK. The suicide rates for men are so high. It’s a mental health issue. We don’t allow men to express themselves or talk about their vulnerability, and we blame them for a lot; we get to that phrase “toxic masculinity” really quickly. I don’t believe masculinity is always toxic, I just think sometimes it’s very unhealthy and we need to examine it and open it up.
The Booker Prize 2012 long-list is out and it’s in with the new. “We were considering novels not novelists, texts not reputations,” says Peter Stothard. Shortlist to come September 11.
What has Arundhati Roy been up to since her 1997 Booker Prize for The God of Small Things? This piece answers that, exploring Roy’s current writings on India’s Maoist rebels.…
Set in contemporary Mumbai, Aravind Adiga’s second novel, Last Man in Tower, focuses on Yogesh Murthy, the man who wants nothing, and the community who doesn’t understand him.