Would you kill for a cup of coffee?

April 30, 2020 6:07 pm

Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug by Augustine Sedgewick reviewed

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Woody Allen, in his own words

April 30, 2020 5:40 pm

Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen reviewed

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Dave Rubin’s ode to the so-called ‘independent thinker‘

April 28, 2020 6:32 pm

Don’t Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason by Dave Rubin reviewed

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Why men don’t read books anymore

April 27, 2020 3:10 pm

Lockdown has been more illustrative of the gender gap in reading than any event I can remember

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Dedicated to literature

April 25, 2020 12:46 pm

After Fault Lines, his acclaimed family history, David Pryce-Jones has written another kind of autobiography: Signatures, the memoirs of a bibliophile


Making a killing

April 25, 2020 12:25 pm

The Celestial Hunter by Roberto Calasso reviewed

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Gone for a song: A short story

April 24, 2020 4:11 pm

There was no apparent reason for him to spot a large brown leather bag and ask for it to be taken out. But he did

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For Jack Tar, going to sea was the ultimate adventure

April 24, 2020 3:41 pm

Sons of Waves: The Common Seaman in the Heroic Age of Sail by Stephen Taylor reviewed

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The wisdom of Salman

April 24, 2020 12:08 pm

Rushdie on fathers, fictions and fatwas

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Arthur Jeffress: bright young person of the post-war art scene

April 23, 2020 12:12 am

Arthur Jeffress: A Life in Art by Gill Hedley reviewed

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A sinister toy story

April 16, 2020 4:32 pm

Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin reviewed

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Mysteries of English village life

April 16, 2020 2:27 pm

Creeping Jenny by Jeff Noon reviewed


Our rivers, as much as our oceans, are in urgent need of protection

April 16, 2020 2:07 pm

Rivers of Power: How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations and Shapes Our World by Laurence C. Smith reviewed

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Kosher dining is ill-suited to lactose-intolerant Jews

April 16, 2020 1:56 pm

The Dairy Restaurant by Ben Katchor reviewed

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Bill Bryson: it’s impossible to be sick of England

April 16, 2020 12:26 pm

The author on love, loss and the wonders of the human body

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Dirty diving

April 10, 2020 6:34 pm

Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort by Raffi Berg reviewed


It’s different for girls

April 10, 2020 4:32 pm

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo reviewed


Magus of mass production

April 10, 2020 4:09 pm

Warhol by Blake Gopnik reviewed


Globalization is scarcely new: it dates back to the year 1000

April 9, 2020 3:25 pm

The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World — And Globalization Began by Valerie Hansen reviewed

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For Ravi Shankar, music was a sort of religion

April 9, 2020 3:04 pm

Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar by Oliver Craske reviewed


The trade in cadavers is rife with scandal

April 9, 2020 2:49 pm

Technologies of the Human Corpse by John Troyer reviewed


Austen’s power

April 3, 2020 6:56 pm

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby reviewed

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Bluestockings of Bloomsbury

April 3, 2020 6:40 pm

Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade reviewed



April 3, 2020 5:44 pm

Migrant City: A New History of London by Panikos Panayi reviewed


When six of her 12 children went mad, Mimi Galvin did her best to make to light of it

April 2, 2020 2:59 pm

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker reviewed