Books

war

Articles of War

June 5, 2020 4:26 pm

In this excerpt from his autobiography Signatures: Literary Encounters of a Lifetime, David Pryce-Jones meets the survivors of the 20th century

ivana

A ponderous parable for our times: The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana

June 4, 2020 4:45 pm

The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana by Maryse Condé reviewed

blithe spirits

Bump in the night

June 3, 2020 6:34 pm

Blithe Spirits: An Imaginative History of the Poltergeist by S.D. Tucker reviewed

vladimir putin

Vlad the Derailer

June 2, 2020 3:59 pm

Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Turned on the West by Catherine Belton reviewed

rachel johnson

Rach’s progress

May 31, 2020 3:25 pm

Rake’s Progress: My Political Midlife Crisis by Rachel Johnson reviewed

humankind bregman

How kind is humankind?

May 28, 2020 12:44 pm

Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman reviewed

ilhan omar

Can we believe Ilhan Omar’s autobiography?

May 21, 2020 12:17 pm

This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman by Ilhan Omar reviewed

flash crash

Disrupting the world — from a small west London bedroom

May 21, 2020 11:43 am

Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, A Global Manhunt and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History by Liam Vaughan reviewed

de gaulle

France will always have a love-hate relationship with its heroes

May 21, 2020 10:52 am

Napoleon and de Gaulle: Heroes and History by Patrice Gueniffey reviewed

rodham

The sorrows of young Hillary

May 20, 2020 11:09 pm

Rodham: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld reviewed

victorian

Victorian novels to enjoy in lockdown

May 14, 2020 3:54 pm

Adam Roberts chooses some slow-burning masterpieces by Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell and Walter Scott among others

george formby british

Did George Formby and Gracie Fields really help Britain out of the Depression?

May 14, 2020 3:13 pm

Cheer Up! British Musical Films, 1929-1945 by Adrian Wright reviewed

blitz

A passionate wartime love story is rescued from oblivion

May 14, 2020 2:51 pm

Love in the Blitz: The Long-Lost Letters of a Brilliant Young Woman to Her Beloved on the Front by Eileen Alexander reviewed

henry kissinger

Where are the Henry Kissingers when we need them?

May 14, 2020 2:42 pm

The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World by Barry Gewen reviewed

walt whitman

Walt Whitman’s poetry can change your life

May 7, 2020 7:30 pm

What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life by Mark Doty reviewed

bookshelves

The politics of bookshelves

May 7, 2020 4:40 pm

You can’t say that, you can’t read that, you can’t think that — a mantra which closes down discussion

onofrio panvinio

How Onofrio Panvinio made the popes history

May 4, 2020 3:02 pm

The forgotten story of a Renaissance pioneer

a song of ice and fire

A time for Ice and Fire

May 3, 2020 11:46 am

Why you should spend the lockdown reading George R.R. Martins epic fantasy series

wayfinding bond

Are women worse navigators than men?

May 2, 2020 3:14 pm

From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way by Michael Bond reviewed

mathematics

Mixed up math

May 2, 2020 3:10 pm

The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men: A Cultural History by Paolo Zellini reviewed

bilingual brain

Going both ways

May 2, 2020 2:52 pm

The Bilingual Brain: And What It Tells Us About the Language of Science by

short stories

Short stories to enjoy in lockdown

April 30, 2020 6:47 pm

Philip Hensher chooses some of his favorite authors, including Chekhov, V.S. Pritchett, Alice Munro and Italo Calvino

hinton

Sadness and scandal

April 30, 2020 6:29 pm

Hinton by Mark Blacklock reviewed

idi amin dictator

When Idi Amin threatened to shoot the cook

April 30, 2020 6:26 pm

How to Feed a Dictator: Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Enver Hoxha, Fidel Castro and Pol Pot Through the Eyes of Their Cooks by Witold Szablowski reviewed

coffeeland

Would you kill for a cup of coffee?

April 30, 2020 6:07 pm

Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug by Augustine Sedgewick reviewed