Rob Miller

  1. Review: Convenience Store Woman

    Sayaka Murata’s dystopic portrait of a convenience store clerk who, unable to be normal, unable to conform to society’s expectations of her, chooses to do what makes her happy – but finds it’s still not enough.
  2. Review: Night of Fire

    Colin Thubron’s eighth novel, and his first in fourteen years, tells the story of a burning house and the haunting, intertwined stories of its seven occupants.
  3. 2017: An Adriatic Crush

    As visitor numbers soar and tourist developments spring up around what seems like the entire coast of the Mediterranean, in the former Yugoslavia visitor numbers – and the benefits they bring – are not evenly distributed.
  4. 2017: Abu Dhabi

    A country famed for its largesse, strict laws, and shallow aesthetics; does reality match the stereotype, or is there more than meets the eye?
  5. Review: The Politics of Resentment

    In trying to understand the 2012 political crisis in Wisconsin, a political scientist stumbles on the roots of the division that would culminate in Donald Trump’s presidential victory.
  6. Review: Yes We Have No

    Nik Cohn’s feverish tour through Britain’s rebellious, salacious, and just-plain-odd underbelly skewers the hypocrisy of the flinching middle classes.
  7. Review: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible

    Peter Pomerantsev explores the surreal, shapeshifting nature of culture in post-Soviet Russia, and how Putin’s Kremlin has mastered the art of manipulation in its quest to retain power at all costs.
  8. Review: Sapiens

    Yuval Noah Harari charts the development of Homo sapiens: our emergence alongside other species of human; the unique attributes we developed that led to our those other species’ extinction; and what the future might look like, with or without us in it.
  9. 2017: Garak Market, Seoul

    A bustling wholesale market in the centre of Seoul, where everything from apples to dried fish can be found in quantities large enough to feed a city of 26 million.
  10. 2017: Sokcho

    Raw fish, mountain views, and plenty of snow in a region of South Korea that was formerly part of the North.
  11. Review: The North of England Home Service

    Gordon Burn’s 2003 elegy for the industrial north: forgotten glories, forever-changed landscapes, and an overwhelming sense of loss – told through the story of a washed-up club comic and a former boxer.
  12. 2016: Stockholm

    Discovering Sweden’s capital via a walk through three of its most central districts – Norrmalm, Gamla stan, and Södermalm – each with a distinct character and a distinct role in the history of the city.