The doctor’s dilemma

August 23, 2020 12:40 pm

Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica, 1941-44 by Isaac Matarasso reviewed


On the square, on the level

August 22, 2020 9:55 am

The Craft: How Freemasons Made the Modern World by John Dickie reviewed


Lucky Tim

August 21, 2020 5:12 pm

Italian Life: A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal by Tim Parks reviewed


It’s time to leave Chopin in peace

August 20, 2020 12:14 pm

Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions by Annik LaFarge reviewed


In just eight years Selim I became ‘God’s Shadow on Earth’

August 20, 2020 11:51 am

God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Mikhail reviewed


Should we all be prepping for the end of days?

August 20, 2020 11:18 am

Bunker: Building for the End Times by Bradley Garrett reviewed

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Who is telling the truth in Kate Reed Petty’s debut novel?

August 13, 2020 11:49 am

True Story by Kate Reed Petty reviewed

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A toast to brotherhood

August 13, 2020 11:49 am

Summer by Ali Smith reviewed

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It’s all in a name: the stories behind book dedications

August 12, 2020 5:18 pm

E.E. Cummings dedicated his collection of poetry No Thanks to all the publishers who turned it down

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How I got canceled

August 7, 2020 1:45 pm

You do not challenge any part of this politically correct madness without risking everything. I recommend that more of us do just that


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


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

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How Camper Van Beethoven saw the future

August 3, 2020 3:26 pm

And how I wrote a novel about it


The spy’s spy

August 1, 2020 11:05 am

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

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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


Cardinal virtues

July 31, 2020 12:07 pm

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


Mountain heir

July 31, 2020 11:27 am

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

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The brilliance of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan

July 30, 2020 12:38 pm

It answers 400 years of history in just three words


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


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’s work

July 28, 2020 12:33 pm

Edmund Burke on the market and the limits of commerce

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Cormac McCarthy, brutal but brilliant

July 25, 2020 2:31 pm

The harshness and hope of an American master

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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


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

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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