Books

richard holbrooke

How to lose friends and alienate people: Richard Holbrooke was a past master

May 9, 2019 4:02 pm

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer reviewed

einstein

The only thing that baffled Einstein was his own popularity

May 9, 2019 3:48 pm

Four books about the great physicist reviewed

plume

Who needs psychogeography?

May 9, 2019 3:35 pm

Plume by Will Wiles reviewed

burn

Satirizing the global society

May 2, 2019 3:02 pm

Only Americans Burn in Hell by Jarett Kobek reviewed

turkey’s

Would Turkey exist as a nation if it hadn’t annihilated its Christians?

May 2, 2019 2:43 pm

The Thirty-Year Genocide: Turkey’s Destruction of Its Christian Minorities, 1894–1924 by Benny Morris and Dror Ze’evi reviewed

ginger child

Should adoptive parents be allowed to pick and choose their child?

May 2, 2019 2:14 pm

The Ginger Child: On Family, Loss and Adoption by Patrick Flanery reviewed

kierkegaard

God save us from Søren Kierkegaard

April 25, 2019 4:05 pm

Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard by Clare Carlisle reviewed

frank harris

The many lives of Frank Harris

April 19, 2019 10:18 am

The weightlifting, stomach-pumping man of Transatlantic letters: A Slightly Foxed books essay

john buchan

Was there no end to John Buchan’s talents?

April 18, 2019 11:22 am

Beyond The Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan by Ursula Buchan reviewed

munch

The Struggle and The Scream: is Karl Ove Knausgaard Munch’s doppelgänger?

April 18, 2019 10:59 am

So Much Longing in So Little Space: The Art of Edvard Munch by Karl Ove Knausgaard reviewed

vasily grossman

Vasily Grossman: eyewitness to the 20th century’s worst atrocities

April 18, 2019 10:41 am

Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century by Alexandra Popoff reviewed

michael holroyd novel

My father threatened to sue me for my first novel

April 15, 2019 3:50 pm

Literary lapses and family law: A Slightly Foxed books excerpt

machines like me

Toy boy

April 11, 2019 2:15 pm

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan reviewed

13th century

Rebel girls of the 13th century

April 11, 2019 10:57 am

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of Edward I by Kelcey Wilson-Lee reviewed

jewish foods

Jewish food to relish and cherish

April 11, 2019 10:33 am

The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List reviewed

joke

Now – as in the Soviet Union – making a joke can be a dangerous, life-changing mistake

April 4, 2019 1:21 pm

A well-wisher sent me a copy of The Joke last year after I’d lost five positions as a result of making some stupid gags on Twitter

The vast human cost of the Panama Canal keeps unfolding

April 4, 2019 12:44 pm

Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal by Marixa Lasso reviewed

fuhrer

The hunt for the Führer

March 29, 2019 12:54 pm

How Hugh Trevor-Roper unraveled the mystery of Hitler’s death: A Slightly Foxed books essay

virginia hall

The Lady with the Limp: homage to the one-legged Virginia Hall, SOE’s ‘most dangerous’ agent

March 28, 2019 12:24 pm

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell reviewed

neo-nazism

Where is the rise of neo-Nazism around Europe leading?

March 28, 2019 12:05 pm

The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld reviewed

cute

What makes Kim Jong-il cute — and Barack Obama not?

March 28, 2019 11:53 am

The Power of Cute by Simon May reviewed

heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein: the ‘giant of SF’ was sexist, racist — and certainly no stylist

March 28, 2019 10:40 am

The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein by Farah Mendlesohn reviewed

metropolis

Farewell Bernie Gunther

March 28, 2019 10:22 am

Metropolis by Philip Kerr reviewed

arabs

The Arabs before Islam: a rich, exotic history

March 28, 2019 9:51 am

Arabs: A 3,000 Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires by Tim Mackintosh-Smith reviewed

politicized childrens books

Politicized kids’ books are a new low in parenting

March 22, 2019 10:12 am

Won’t somebody please think of the children!