Benjamin Markovits

Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He is the author of seven novels and has published essays, stories, poetry and reviews in The GuardianGrantaThe Paris Review and The New York Times among other publications. He lives in London and teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London.

You Don’t Have To Live Like This
Ben Markovits talks to Tim Martin about his compelling new novel.
You Don’t Have to Live Like This is a darkly comic and brutal vision of contemporary America in the wake of the global financial crisis.
Philip Roth: His Life and Legacy

‘Literature isn’t a moral beauty contest’, claimed Roth, ‘The belief it inspires is what counts.’ Literary titan and multi-award winning writer, Philip Roth was undoubtedly a brilliant, if controversial, artist. In a career that spanned 50 years he wrote numerous, generation-changing books, from his first, Goodbye, Columbus, to his last, Nemesis. Three outstanding writers discuss his work and his legacy.

A Weekend in New York
Paul Essinger, a tennis professional in his 30s, is about to play his final US Open. The bookies give him 1,200-1 odds on winning the title. Anxiety-ridden, comically unaware and boiling with tension, each member of the Essinger family — Paul included — is painfully trying to unpick an idea of themselves from the tableau of upper-middle-class life they present. Reflecting on their German-Jewish ancestry, Essinger senior ruefully ascribes their good fortune to ‘immigrants’ luc...