Books

shakespeare

Riotous performances

March 6, 2020 1:15 pm

Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro reviewed

wendell willkie

Around the world in 49 days

March 6, 2020 12:02 pm

The Idealist: Wendell Willkie’s Wartime Quest to Build One World by Samuel Zipp reviewed

precipice

How close is humanity to destroying itself?

March 5, 2020 1:03 pm

The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity by Toby Ord reviewed

thomas cromwell

Knowing Cromwell’s fate only increases the tension

March 5, 2020 12:16 pm

The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel reviewed

dave brubeck

The good boy of jazz: Dave Brubeck’s time has come round at last

March 5, 2020 10:58 am

Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time by Philip Clark reviewed

charlie kirk

Charlie Kirk’s about-turn

March 4, 2020 2:44 pm

The MAGA Doctrine: The Only Ideas that Will Win the Future by Charlie Kirk reviewed

actress

Becoming shades

March 3, 2020 9:40 am

Actress by Anne Enright reviewed

kraftwerk

Uniform beats

March 3, 2020 9:29 am

Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany by Uwe Schütte reviewed

marina lewycka

Marina Lewycka’s novel is completely bonkers

February 27, 2020 12:45 pm

The Good, the Bad and the Little Bit Stupid by Marina Lewycka reviewed

falcon

Dangerously desirable: the white-morph gyr falcon commands sky-high prices

February 27, 2020 12:30 pm

The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird by Joshua Hammer reviewed

townshend who

Who is he?

February 26, 2020 3:39 pm

The guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend talks to Sam Leith about madness, sleep bubbles and his new novel

lost girls

Finding the Lost Girls

February 25, 2020 2:08 pm

D.J. Taylor tracks down the proofreaders and heartbreakers who were the toast of Blitz-era London

raymond chandler

The prophetic Raymond Chandler

February 24, 2020 3:50 pm

Chandler’s California is a cultural desert stretching along the western edge of a continental wasteland

india

Birth of a nation

February 21, 2020 9:57 am

India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy by Madhav Khosla reviewed

hungry

Wouldn’t the migrant crisis make fantastic reality TV?

February 20, 2020 12:58 pm

The Hungry and the Fat by Timur Vermes reviewed

weather

Hell and high water: eco-anxiety dominates Jenny Offill’s latest novel

February 20, 2020 12:49 pm

Weather by Jenny Offill reviewed

prison

Shades of the prison house: the ghosts of suicides fill Britain’s prisons

February 20, 2020 12:37 pm

A Bit of a Stretch: The Secret Diaries of a Prisoner by Chris Atkins reviewed

bruegel

How long is long enough to look at a work of art?

February 18, 2020 9:56 am

Short Life in a Strange World: Birth to Death in 42 Panels by Toby Ferris reviewed

gestapo

Hiding from the Gestapo in plain sight in Berlin

February 17, 2020 11:10 am

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains by Ariana Neumann reviewed

novel bottum

The way we read now

February 11, 2020 2:27 pm

The thrill is gone for lovers of fiction. Joseph Bottum on the strange death of the novel

american dirt

I won’t read American Dirt — but not because the author has the wrong skin color

February 6, 2020 12:46 am

You can’t own stories. You can’t patent topics and classes of character

calamity jane

The real Calamity Jane was distressingly unlike her legend

February 6, 2020 12:22 am

Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane by Karen R. Jones reviewed

literary blackface

‘Literary Blackface’ is woke as hell

February 6, 2020 12:10 am

Imagine how excited the board members of Barnes and Noble and Penguin Random House must have been when they came up with this genius idea

chinatown

Chinatown — that late masterpiece of film noir — could never be made now

February 6, 2020 12:08 am

The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood by Sam Wasson reviewed

independence

Dirty money and political manipulation

February 5, 2020 11:58 pm

Independence Square by A.D. Miller reviewed