Books

smallpox

It took two centuries to eradicate smallpox even after a vaccine was invented

August 6, 2020 12:26 am

The Great Inoculator by Gavin Weightman and War Against Smallpox by Michael Bennett reviewed

bohemians

The heroic couple who defied Hitler

August 6, 2020 12:13 am

The Bohemians: The Lovers Who Led Germany’s Resistance Against the Nazis by Norman Ohler reviewed

camper van beethoven

How Camper Van Beethoven saw the future

August 3, 2020 3:26 pm

And how I wrote a novel about it

seeger

The spy’s spy

August 1, 2020 11:05 am

From CIA officer to thriller-writer: the shadowy world of J.R. Seeger

john giorno great demon kings

Last of the red-hot lovers

August 1, 2020 10:49 am

Great Demon Kings: A Memoir of Poetry, Sex, Art, Death, and Enlightenment by John Giorno reviewed

pope

Cardinal virtues

July 31, 2020 12:07 pm

The Next Pope: The Leading Cardinal Candidates by Edward Pentin reviewed

kassabova

Mountain heir

July 31, 2020 11:27 am

To the Lake: A Balkan Journey of War and Peace by Kapka Kassabova reviewed

lee child

The brilliance of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan

July 30, 2020 12:38 pm

It answers 400 years of history in just three words

everything

Will the universe end with a bang or a bounce?

July 30, 2020 12:27 pm

The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack reviewed

owl

The world’s largest, rarest owl is used for target practice in Siberia

July 30, 2020 12:03 pm

Owls of the Eastern Ice: The Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght reviewed

burke

Burke’s work

July 28, 2020 12:33 pm

Edmund Burke on the market and the limits of commerce

cormac mccarthy

Cormac McCarthy, brutal but brilliant

July 25, 2020 2:31 pm

The harshness and hope of an American master

anne applebaum

Good memoir-writing should be self-critical

July 23, 2020 8:49 am

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum reviewed

haldane

R.B. Haldane: a great public servant, much maligned

July 23, 2020 8:33 am

Haldane: The Forgotten Statesman Who Shaped Modern Britain and Canada by John Campbell reviewed

action park

If you spent a day at Action Park you took your life in your hands

July 23, 2020 8:19 am

Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides and the Untold Story of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park by Andy Mulvihill reviewed

diamond and silk

Finally: Diamond and Silk are releasing a book

July 20, 2020 4:47 pm

Prepare for American conservatism to be redefined

social justice

The truth according to social justice

July 18, 2020 2:31 pm

How the progressive left aligned itself with postmodernism

hanff

Literarily a love affair

July 17, 2020 2:27 pm

Helene Hanff is no dry old blue-stocking: A Slightly Foxed books essay

smell

Where are the scents of yesterday? Entire countries have lost their distinctive smell

July 16, 2020 3:58 pm

Smells: A Cultural History of Odours in Early Modern Times and Smellosophy: What the Nose Tells the Mind reviewed

chicken

The West’s industrial-sized chicken farms could be as dangerous as any wet market

July 16, 2020 3:28 pm

Chicken: A History from Farmyard to Factory by Paul R. Josephson reviewed

vanishing half

Dark secrets

July 16, 2020 2:47 pm

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett reviewed

hamnet

Young Hamlet

July 13, 2020 11:50 am

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell reviewed

innovation

Saying yes slowly is what’s hampering progress today

July 10, 2020 2:37 pm

How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom by Matt Ridley reviewed

utopia

The Sixties vibe

July 10, 2020 2:32 pm

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell reviewed

tom holland Notre-Dame stands charred in Paris in the aftermath of a fire that devastated the cathedral

Tom Holland on Christianity’s enduring influence

July 10, 2020 2:10 pm

Is secularism Christianity by other means?