Books

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Missive from a living fossil

March 21, 2019 10:32 am

Little Boy by Lawrence Ferlinghetti reviewed

other americans

A Mojave desert mystery

March 21, 2019 10:13 am

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami reviewed

polynesia

How Polynesia came to be inhabited is still one of the world’s great mysteries

March 21, 2019 9:47 am

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson reviewed

memories of the future

Writing as revenge

March 21, 2019 9:17 am

Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt reviewed

dave eggers

Has Dave Eggers finally found his voice?

March 14, 2019 9:39 am

The Parade by Dave Eggers reviewed

richard sorge

Richard Sorge: the Soviet Union’s master spy

March 14, 2019 9:22 am

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent by Owen Matthews reviewed

St Patrick

Who was the real St Patrick: an evangelist or a tax dodger?

March 14, 2019 9:05 am

Saint Patrick Retold: The Legend and History of Ireland’s Patron Saint by Roy Flechner reviewed

ashton applewhite

The cheerful manifesto of anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite

March 14, 2019 8:56 am

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite reviewed

lolita

Would any publisher dare to print Lolita now?

March 7, 2019 12:11 pm

Publishers are so scared of the Twitter mob that Nabokov’s classic would probably end up on the slush pile

winston churchill

Americans love Churchill for his humor and courage

March 7, 2019 10:21 am

The enthusiasm for all things Churchillian is stronger now than at any time since his death

empire

America’s empire – a story of the secret and the convenient

March 7, 2019 10:09 am

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr reviewed

gingerbread

A delicious novel from one of our most inventive contemporary voices

March 7, 2019 9:35 am

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi reviewed

Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson: Donald Trump the paradox

March 2, 2019 12:31 pm

Trump’s election caused a self-created contradiction

Mister Miracle

Mister Miracle, the cheesiest of all superheroes

February 28, 2019 9:06 am

Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads reviewed

charlotte bingham

The world according to Charlotte Bingham

February 28, 2019 8:48 am

Spies and Stars: MI5, Showbusiness and Me by Charlotte Bingham reviewed

catholic

An exposé of high-ranking gays in the Catholic Church bears the fingerprints of the Pope’s closest advisers

February 21, 2019 12:33 pm

In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel reviewed

The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found: A History in Seven Cities

What the Ancient Greeks did for us

February 21, 2019 12:16 pm

The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found: A History in Seven Cities by Violet Moller reviewed

black leopard red wolf

Tolkien in Africa

February 21, 2019 11:57 am

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James reviewed

satanic verses

Try reading The Satanic Verses

February 14, 2019 2:43 pm

The book is said to be offensive by people who have not read it and inoffensive by others who also have not read it

hark sam lipsyte

Hitting the bull’s-eye

February 14, 2019 10:07 am

Hark by Sam Lipsyte reviewed

yiyun li where reasons end

No escape from grief

February 14, 2019 9:55 am

Where Reasons End by Yiyin Li reviewed

liberalism

The brutish origins of British liberalism

February 14, 2019 9:40 am

Permanent Revolution: The Reformation and the Illiberal Roots of Liberalism by James Simpson reviewed

beach

Shakespeare on the beach

February 7, 2019 10:51 am

Oh I Do Like to Be... by Marie Phillips reviewed

suicide

How I tried – and spectacularly failed – to assist my mother’s suicide

February 7, 2019 10:39 am

Time to Go by Guy Kennaway reviewed

new iberia blues

Twilight in the bayou

February 7, 2019 10:25 am

The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke reviewed