Books

Small but deadly: postcards that fueled the Russian Revolution

January 10, 2019 12:28 pm

Greetings from the Barricades: Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia by Tobie Mathew reviewed

An Igbo Paradise Lost

January 10, 2019 12:22 pm

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma reviewed

How Calouste Gulbenkian became the richest man in the world

January 3, 2019 8:24 am

Mr Five Per Cent: The Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the World’s Richest Man by Jonathan Conlin reviewed

The telltale signs your child is texting about Jeeves and Wooster

January 3, 2019 7:45 am

Much book promotion is tremendous fun: to meet the fine folk who pay hard-earned oof for your work is a genuine honor

Amos Oz, a giant of Israeli literature and politics

December 28, 2018 8:07 pm

In Oz’s novels, the materiality of politics dominates the waking day, and the dreams and nightmares of literature the sleepless nights

Classics takes the Red Pill

December 19, 2018 5:53 am

For online bigots, ancient history is the tip of the Zuckerberg

Exclusive: the eagerly anticipated (or not) Trump-era memoirs of 2019

December 14, 2018 2:15 pm

Trump White House memoirs are rolling off the presses. Let’s imagine the ones yet to come

Words to rally and inspire: stirring speeches from Elizabeth I to the present

December 13, 2018 2:38 pm

Speeches of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Orations Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher reviewed

The minefield of mime: ‘halt’ to an American signifies ‘hi’ to an Arab

December 13, 2018 2:27 pm

Dictionary of Gestures: Expressive Comportments and Movements in Use Around the World by François Caradec reviewed

A biting Chinese brainwashing satire

December 13, 2018 2:19 pm

China Dream by Ma Jian reviewed

Relish — and cultivate — your grievances

December 13, 2018 2:09 pm

How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment — The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life by Sophie Hannah reviewed

How any mother — or baby — survived childbirth before the 20th century is astonishing

December 13, 2018 2:02 pm

The Hand that Rocked the Cradle: The Art of Birth and Infancy by Sue Laurence reviewed

‘Jeeves and the Midnight Mess’: A Christmas short story

December 13, 2018 10:00 am

A pudding predicament strikes on Christmas Eve

The boy who dreams: A Christmas short story by Susan Hill

December 13, 2018 9:39 am

Some nights, Aziz has visions

Spectator USA’s Books of the Year 2018

December 8, 2018 2:12 pm

What our writers have been reading this year

What if Michelangelo traveled to Constantinople?

December 6, 2018 1:38 pm

Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants by Mathias Enard reviewed

Elizabeth II: Queen of tact and diplomacy

December 6, 2018 1:28 pm

Queen of the World: Elizabeth II: Sovereign and Stateswoman by Robert Hardman reviewed

Edward Gorey: master of the macabre

December 6, 2018 1:17 pm

Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery reviewed

The first manifesto of the next neoconservatism

December 5, 2018 11:31 am

The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays by Wesley Yang reviewed

Camille Paglia: ‘Hillary wants Trump to win again’

December 4, 2018 9:48 am

The author and academic discusses 2020, Trump and Jordan Peterson

What sells more books: Trump love or Trump hate?

November 30, 2018 3:43 pm

The answer probably won’t surprise you

Solzhenitsyn, Russian Nobelist and noblest Russian

November 29, 2018 5:40 pm

Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame

Michelle Obama: ‘I was happy that Barack’s career came first’

November 29, 2018 2:40 pm

Becoming by Michelle Obama reviewed

For Marie Colvin, mortal danger was what made life worth living

November 29, 2018 2:11 pm

In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum reviewed

China’s power grab steps up apace

November 29, 2018 1:41 pm

The New Silk Roads: The Present and the Future of the World by Peter Frankopan reviewed