Books

peterson

Jung love

January 17, 2020 12:47 pm

Savage Messiah: How Dr Jordan Peterson Is Saving Western Civilization by Jim Proser reviewed

kolyma

Varlam Shalamov’s Kolyma Tales are among the most harrowing in all literature

January 16, 2020 2:10 pm

Sketches of the Criminal World: Further Kolyma Stories by Varlam Shalamov reviewed

data

Believing in big data is equivalent to believing in the stars

January 16, 2020 1:55 pm

A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for our Destiny in Data by Alexander Boxer reviewed

hardwick

Carrying on loving: Elizabeth Hardwick’s and Robert Lowell’s remarkable correspondence throughout the 1970s

January 16, 2020 1:35 pm

The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle by Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell reviewed

gladstone

The joy of rummaging through Gladstone’s annotated books

January 14, 2020 9:08 am

A visit to the Gladstone Library has the welcome effect of removing you from the worries and concerns of the world

vesuvius

In the shadow of Vesuvius

January 12, 2020 12:18 pm

An exclusive extract from Daisy Dunn’s new biography of Pliny

george eliot

George Eliot, radical but conservative

January 11, 2020 8:09 am

What other heroine in a 19th-century novel strangles her sister’s canary as a girl?

tacky’s Revolt

Fear and loathing in Jamaica: Caribbean slaves turn the whip on their masters

January 9, 2020 12:34 pm

Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War by Vincent Brown reviewed

fleabag

Why we’re all in love with Fleabag

January 9, 2020 12:21 pm

Fleabag: The Scriptures and Fleabag: The Special Edition by Phoebe Waller-Bridge reviewed

disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli — inventor of English political fiction

January 9, 2020 11:52 am

Sybil; or, The Two Nations by Benjamin Disraeli, read by Tim Bentinck, reviewed

dictator

Kingdoms of the wicked

January 3, 2020 11:30 am

How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century by Frank Dikötter reviewed

pozzi

Three’s company

January 3, 2020 11:08 am

The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes reviewed

burnside

The audacity of verse

January 3, 2020 10:33 am

The Music of Time: Poetry in the Twentieth Century by John Burnside reviewed

owen matthews

The King of Christmas: a short story by Owen Matthews

December 26, 2019 10:12 am

Dinner is as close to a feast as the fast of Christmastide will allow

star dreamer

The boy on the hillside

December 22, 2019 10:49 am

A short story by Susan Hill

james ellroy

‘I was a tortured, obviously brilliant child’

December 20, 2019 9:01 am

James Ellroy talks drugs, God and his father’s penis

hero

Who are today’s fictional heroes?

December 19, 2019 9:00 am

The Hero by Lee Child reviewed

cutler

For Tom Cutler, being diagnosed autistic was the happiest day of his life

December 19, 2019 8:50 am

Keep Clear: My Adventures with Asperger’s by Tom Cutler reviewed

evaristo

Bernadine Evaristo shoulders weighty themes lightly

December 19, 2019 8:21 am

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo reviewed

dave eggers

Dave Eggers’s satire on Trump is somewhat heavy-handed

December 12, 2019 12:06 pm

The Captain and the Glory by Dave Eggers reviewed

tech

Who will take on the behemoths of Big Tech?

December 12, 2019 11:53 am

Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles — and All of Us by Rana Foroohar reviewed

markovits

Tame family dramas

December 12, 2019 11:15 am

Christmas in Austin by Benjamin Markovits reviewed

will self
boxing

Britain’s boxing Jews

December 5, 2019 9:45 am

The Fighting Jew: The Life and Times of Daniel Mendoza, Champion Boxer by Wynn Wheldon reviewed

puritans

The first Puritans weren’t so much killjoys as ardent believers in honest living

December 5, 2019 9:37 am

The Puritans: A Transatlantic History by David D. Hall reviewed