Books

kierkegaard

God save us from Søren Kierkegaard

April 25, 2019 4:05 pm

Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard by Clare Carlisle reviewed

frank harris

The many lives of Frank Harris

April 19, 2019 10:18 am

The weightlifting, stomach-pumping man of Transatlantic letters: A Slightly Foxed Books Essay

john buchan

Was there no end to John Buchan’s talents?

April 18, 2019 11:22 am

Beyond The Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan by Ursula Buchan reviewed

munch

The Struggle and The Scream: is Karl Ove Knausgaard Munch’s doppelgänger?

April 18, 2019 10:59 am

So Much Longing in So Little Space: The Art of Edvard Munch by Karl Ove Knausgaard reviewed

vasily grossman

Vasily Grossman: eyewitness to the 20th century’s worst atrocities

April 18, 2019 10:41 am

Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century by Alexandra Popoff reviewed

michael holroyd novel

My father threatened to sue me for my first novel

April 15, 2019 3:50 pm

Literary lapses and family law: A Slightly Foxed Books excerpt

machines like me

Toy boy

April 11, 2019 2:15 pm

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan reviewed

13th century

Rebel girls of the 13th century

April 11, 2019 10:57 am

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of Edward I by Kelcey Wilson-Lee reviewed

jewish foods

Jewish food to relish and cherish

April 11, 2019 10:33 am

The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List reviewed

joke

Now – as in the Soviet Union – making a joke can be a dangerous, life-changing mistake

April 4, 2019 1:21 pm

A well-wisher sent me a copy of The Joke last year after I’d lost five positions as a result of making some stupid gags on Twitter

The vast human cost of the Panama Canal keeps unfolding

April 4, 2019 12:44 pm

Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal by Marixa Lasso reviewed

fuhrer

The hunt for the Führer

March 29, 2019 12:54 pm

How Hugh Trevor-Roper unraveled the mystery of Hitler’s death

virginia hall

The Lady with the Limp: homage to the one-legged Virginia Hall, SOE’s ‘most dangerous’ agent

March 28, 2019 12:24 pm

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell reviewed

neo-nazism

Where is the rise of neo-Nazism around Europe leading?

March 28, 2019 12:05 pm

The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld reviewed

cute

What makes Kim Jong-il cute — and Barack Obama not?

March 28, 2019 11:53 am

The Power of Cute by Simon May reviewed

heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein: the ‘giant of SF’ was sexist, racist — and certainly no stylist

March 28, 2019 10:40 am

The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein by Farah Mendlesohn reviewed

metropolis

Farewell Bernie Gunther

March 28, 2019 10:22 am

Metropolis by Philip Kerr reviewed

arabs

The Arabs before Islam: a rich, exotic history

March 28, 2019 9:51 am

Arabs: A 3,000 Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires by Tim Mackintosh-Smith reviewed

politicized childrens books

Politicized kids’ books are a new low in parenting

March 22, 2019 10:12 am

Won’t somebody please think of the children!

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Missive from a living fossil

March 21, 2019 10:32 am

Little Boy by Lawrence Ferlinghetti reviewed

other americans

A Mojave desert mystery

March 21, 2019 10:13 am

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami reviewed

polynesia

How Polynesia came to be inhabited is still one of the world’s great mysteries

March 21, 2019 9:47 am

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson reviewed

memories of the future

Writing as revenge

March 21, 2019 9:17 am

Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt reviewed

dave eggers

Has Dave Eggers finally found his voice?

March 14, 2019 9:39 am

The Parade by Dave Eggers reviewed

richard sorge

Richard Sorge: the Soviet Union’s master spy

March 14, 2019 9:22 am

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent by Owen Matthews reviewed