Books

Bertie takes on the Black Shorts

November 29, 2018 1:16 pm

Jeeves and the King of Clubs by Ben Schott reviewed

The peculiar allure of the Pyrenees

November 29, 2018 1:00 pm

The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination by Matthew Carr reviewed

Edward VIII: Unlucky in love, or a Nazi-loving cad?

November 25, 2018 7:49 am

Edward VIII: An American Life by Ted Powell reviewed

How Michelle Obama became a diva

November 24, 2018 3:01 pm

And the media carried on pretending she was flawless

Hermann the Good German: the mystic life of Hermann Hesse

November 22, 2018 2:58 pm

Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow by Gunnar Decker reviewed

In the realms of gold: exploring Africa’s rich history

November 22, 2018 2:51 pm

The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages by Francois-Xavier Fauvelle reviewed

Kenneth Grahame: another boy who wouldn’t grow up

November 22, 2018 2:18 pm

Eternal Boy: The Life of Kenneth Grahame by Matthew Dennison reviewed

Small but perfectly formed: the charm of the world in miniature

November 22, 2018 2:09 pm

In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World by Simon Garfield reviewed

Plucky upstarts: the brave history of seapowers

November 22, 2018 1:55 pm

Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict that Made the Modern World by Andrew Lambert reviewed

In defense of Patricia Highsmith

November 22, 2018 12:11 pm

As one who knew and liked the American author over many years, the picture painted by a new play seems unfairly partial

Saul Bellow: love the work, if not the man

November 15, 2018 11:58 am

The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965–2005 by Zachary Leader reviewed

Dreams of utopia before the Nazi nightmare

November 15, 2018 11:41 am

Dreamers: When the Writers Took Power, Germany 1918 by Volker Weidermann reviewed

Japanese puzzle: how can an advanced, dynamic country function with such an ancient population?

November 15, 2018 11:23 am

Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present by Christopher Harding reviewed

Anthony Powell gets the superb new biography he deserves

November 12, 2018 11:12 am

Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time by Hilary Spurling reviewed

The Statue of Liberty is a deeply sinister icon

November 9, 2018 5:50 pm

Sentinel: The Unlikely Origins of the Statue of Liberty by Francesca Lidia Viano reviewed

Celebrating the 1918 Armistice resulted in thousands more deaths

November 8, 2018 2:49 pm

A week of dancing and flag-waving saw a sharp rise in casualties of the flu pandemic, as jubilant crowds helped spread the infection

The ancient Greeks would have loved Alexa

November 8, 2018 2:15 pm

Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology by Adrienne Mayor reviewed

Boys’ Own adventures in the war-torn Middle East

November 8, 2018 2:07 pm

Arabia: A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East by Levison Wood reviewed

Unfolding mysteries: the drama of drapery in Italian art

November 8, 2018 1:40 pm

Veiled Presence: Body and Drapery from Giotto to Titian by Paul Hills reviewed

Insomnia is key to my creativity

November 1, 2018 11:00 pm

Insomnia by Marina Benjamin reviewed

In the garden of good and evil: the power of the poppy

November 1, 2018 10:47 pm

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium by Lucy Inglis reviewed

If only we could hibernate all winter

November 1, 2018 10:39 pm

The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal by Horatio Clare reviewed

Horrors of the house of wax

November 1, 2018 10:32 pm

Little by Edward Carey reviewed

Germaine Greer continues to shock and awe

November 1, 2018 6:01 pm

Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer by Elizabeth Kleinhenz reviewed

To Kill a Mockingbird would probably not find a publisher in the age of #MeToo

October 28, 2018 1:10 pm

The kind of old-fashioned humanism espoused by Harper Lee is being left behind and replaced with radical, uncompromising demands