stuart evers

Modern English

October 11, 2020 11:40 am

The Blind Light by Stuart Evers reviewed

xiaolu guo

Small is beautiful

October 10, 2020 1:47 pm

A Lover’s Discourse by Xiaolu Guo reviewed

beatles glimpses

We loved them, yeah, yeah, yeah

October 9, 2020 6:13 pm

150 Glimpses of the Beatles by Craig Brown reviewed

chick lit sally rooney

Spare me the cult of Sally Rooney

October 8, 2020 4:05 pm

‘Chic lit’ has turned terrible books into status symbols


Break-out and betrayal in Occupied Europe

October 8, 2020 3:59 pm

MI9 by Helen Fry and War in the Shadows by Patrick Marnham reviewed

red pill

Breakdown in Berlin

October 8, 2020 3:38 pm

Red Pill by Hari Kunzru reviewed

tangled web

The coming stitch-up

October 4, 2020 10:59 am

The Tangled Web We Weave: Inside the Shadow System That Shapes the Internet by James Ball reviewed

jimmy carter

Jimmy Carter, Christian martyr

October 2, 2020 4:10 pm

His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life by Jonathan Alter reviewed

nick hornby

Opposites attract

October 1, 2020 8:35 am

Just Like You by Nick Hornby reviewed


What the sonnets tell us about Shakespeare

October 1, 2020 8:32 am

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells reviewed

martin amis

I’m bored of Martin Amis

September 27, 2020 11:07 am

An author who makes his name by elevating style over substance so dramatically cannot come back from it


The chronic crisis in adolescent mental health care

September 24, 2020 9:23 am

More Than a Woman by Caitlin Moran reviewed

candace owens

Candace Owens’s book is a work of performance art

September 23, 2020 12:32 pm

Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation by Candace Owens reviewed

martin amis

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

sandman gaiman

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

special relationship

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

harry perry robinson

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

agent sonya

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