Benjamin Evans - Journalist, book editor and content writer

I gained a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and a MA in Film and Television from the British Film Institute, but my interest in the narrative arts is more than academic. I've just always been fascinated with stories and how they work. Here are a few selected highlights from my published reviews, but this section also includes several travel features, in which I've hit the road to see the places where artists and writers originate their work. Please contact evansbenj@hotmail.com for more information.


Good Trouble by Joseph O'Neill

The Netherland author's stories of masculinity in meltdown are sly and winningly offbeat

(Observer)


A Shout in the Ruins by Kevin Powers

The American Civil War and its legacy propels a brutal but lyrical novel that spans a century

(Observer)


America is not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

​One Filipino migrant’s struggle to live her American dream after two years in a prison camp makes for a blazingly fearless debut novel

(Observer)


The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Chloe Benjamin's ingenious novel follows four siblings who are told exactly when they are going to die

(Observer)


The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar; Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday - review

Two top-notch debuts novels tackle sexual power imbalances, one in Georgian London, the other in modern-day New York.

(Observer)


Discover California's wild Lost Coast

A road trip in northern California takes Benjamin Evans to secret beaches, sleepy villages and remote forests

(The Times)


Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

Life in the city makes you sit up and beg

(Independent on Sunday)


The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Dark stories with moments of magic

(Guardian)


Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita by Robert Roper

Seduced into a metamorphosis

(Independent on Sunday)


The Lie by Helen Dunmore
Benjamin Evans is captivated by a glimpse into a First World War veteran's private hell.
(The Sunday Telegraph)

Family Life by Akhil Sharma
A brilliantly discomfiting story of the American dream gone sour.
(The Sunday Telegraph)

Joshua Tree National Park: Welcome to California's desert dream

Where the Mojave and Colorado deserts meet is home to scores of artists, musicians, architects and spectacular scenery.
(The Times)

Goat Mountain by David Vann

Benjamin Evans discovers a gripping but overwrought tale of a youthful killer.
(The Sunday Telegraph)

Keeping Up With The Germans by Phillip Oltermann

An entertaining personal history of Anglo-German relations.
(The Sunday Telegraph)

Tel Aviv's Cool Collective
It's the Year of Art and there's plenty more to see than the usual Bauhaus schtick. Discover the inner city where the kibbutz ideal is being revived.
(Easyjet Traveller)

The Fear Index by Robert Harris

A blazingly ambitious thriller that takes aim at a corrupt system.
(The Sunday Telegraph)

 11.22.63 by Stephen King
A great American storyteller turns time-travelling hokum into gold.
(The Sunday Telegraph)

Journey Through America's Deep South
Meet some unusual characters on a literary trip through a land of Southern belles, porch swings and mint juleps.
(The Times)

Zone One by Colson Whitehead
A genre-bending literary satire with brains, bite - and zombies
(The Sunday Telegraph)

 Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
 Benjamin Evans finds the cold heart of Russia laid bare in AD Miller's chilling debut.
 (The Sunday Telegraph)