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Mart and marketing

September 21, 2020 12:35 pm

Martin Amis has written another autobiography — sort of


The eyes have it

September 21, 2020 11:47 am

Renaissance and Baroque Art: Selected Essays by Leo Steinberg reviewed


A river runs through it

September 21, 2020 11:00 am

Magdalena: River of Dreams by Wade Davis reviewed

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A tacky and incomprehensible Audible adaptation of Sandman

September 17, 2020 4:25 pm

Most of the script comes from Gaiman’s original comics. Why does it suddenly sound so crap?


A dazzling fable about loneliness

September 17, 2020 4:12 pm

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke reviewed

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The Special Relationship was never very special

September 17, 2020 3:58 pm

The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit by Ian Buruma reviewed


J.K. Rowling’s fundamental mistake

September 17, 2020 11:59 am

As the protests grew, Rowling decided – long after the series was finished – that maybe Hermione was black


J.K. Rowling’s latest novel isn’t ‘transphobic’

September 16, 2020 5:29 am

She makes no attempt to nudge the reader towards today’s arguments about women-only spaces


Hagrid was a Death Eater all along

September 15, 2020 2:00 pm

We should all buy J.K. Rowlings new book and burn it

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Never a dull sentence: the journalism of Harry Perry Robinson

September 15, 2020 8:58 am

Escape Artist: The Nine Lives of Harry Perry Robinson by Joseph McAleer reviewed


Eager for beavers : the case for their reintroduction to Britain

September 10, 2020 10:28 am

Bringing Back the Beaver: The Story of One Man’s Quest to Rewild Britain’s Waterways by Derek Gow reviewed

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A Soviet housewife spies on Little England

September 10, 2020 10:13 am

Agent Sonya: Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy by Ben Macintyre reviewed

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Hitler’s admiration has severely damaged Wagner’s reputation

September 10, 2020 9:47 am

Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross reviewed


Too much learning is a dangerous thing

September 10, 2020 9:07 am

Head, Hand, Heart: Why Intelligence Is Over-Rewarded, Manual Workers Matter, and Caregivers Deserve More Respect by David Goodhart reviewed


The magic of JFK remains undimmed

September 10, 2020 8:52 am

JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 by Fredrik Logevall reviewed


City of the Sphinx

September 9, 2020 2:37 pm

Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece by Paul Cartledge reviewed

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Michael Anton and the stakes of 2020

September 9, 2020 1:12 pm

‘All of the things that we need, all of the things that this country needs to get back on track, Trump is for and Biden is against’


We are living in an age of cultural climate change

September 6, 2020 12:42 pm

Without moral principles, freedom will not survive

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Our lady of hope

September 6, 2020 12:09 pm

Notre-Dame: The Soul of France by Agnès Poirier reviewed

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Jason Peters writes to entertain his friends and exasperate his enemies

September 5, 2020 11:43 am

No one who eats food or laughs at jokes should be without his new book


Know better

September 5, 2020 11:17 am

The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag by Peter Burke reviewed

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Not such a hero: the tarnished legend of Robin Hood

September 3, 2020 12:09 am

Storyworlds of Robin Hood: The Origins of a Medieval Outlaw by Lesley Coote reviewed

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Is your baby racist?

September 2, 2020 5:41 pm

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi reviewed

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Rock, a hard place

August 30, 2020 2:44 pm

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld reviewed


The Vicky Osterweil delusion

August 30, 2020 12:25 pm

In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action by Vicky Osterweil reviewed