Books

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

demography

Demography has become the biggest story on the planet

January 31, 2019 10:45 am

The Human Tide: How Population Shaped the Modern World by Paul Morland reviewed

british private schools

British private schools now resemble five-star hotels — with a Russian and Asian clientele

January 31, 2019 10:33 am

Engines of Privilege and Gilded Youth reviewed

pawn

The hot-headed youth who played straight into Hitler’s hands

January 31, 2019 10:21 am

Hitler’s Pawn: The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust by Stephen Koch reviewed

vaccines autism

Dispelling the myth of the vaccine-autism controversy

January 29, 2019 9:35 am

Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician and Autism Dad by Peter J. Hotez reviewed

jim acosta’s

EXCLUSIVE: A sneak preview of Jim Acosta’s new book

January 29, 2019 9:07 am

Ghostwritten by Roger Kimball

spy

The internet was never intended to spy on us

January 24, 2019 2:39 pm

Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet by Yasha Levine reviewed

kabbalah

Will we ever unravel the mysteries of Kabbalah?

January 24, 2019 1:59 pm

Kabbalah: Secrecy, Scandal and the Soul by Harry Freedman reviewed

flu

One hundred years on, could we cope with a new flu pandemic?

January 24, 2019 1:46 pm

Influenza: The Quest to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History by Jeremy Brown reviewed

auberon waugh

Auberon Waugh — a demon on the page, an angel off it

January 24, 2019 1:35 pm

A Scribbler in Soho: A Celebration of Auberon Waugh reviewed

authors moral

Why do authors have to be ‘moral’? Because their publishing contracts tell them so

January 17, 2019 11:21 am

My compulsion to rub strangers up the wrong way in a political sense grows only more enticing

teffi totalitarianism

The best way to defeat totalitarianism? Treat it as a joke

January 17, 2019 11:09 am

Teffi: A Life of Letters and of Laughter by Edythe Haber reviewed

rorke’s drift

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat: the story of Rorke’s Drift

January 17, 2019 10:50 am

Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana: Great Battles by Ian F.W. Beckett reviewed

behavior

Is the threat of capital punishment really the foundation of good behavior?

January 17, 2019 10:39 am

The Goodness Paradox: How Evolution Made Us More and Less Violent by Richard Wrangham reviewed

belfast

Life and death in 1970s Belfast

January 10, 2019 1:53 pm

For the Good Times by David Keenan reviewed

hungary

Hungary is being led once again down a dangerous nationalistic path

January 10, 2019 1:36 pm

Hungary: A Short History by Norman Stone reviewed

artist

It’s a lifetime of hard work being an artist

January 10, 2019 1:15 pm

Studio Voices: Art and Life in 20th-Century Britain by Michael Bird reviewed

francis bacon

France gets a taste for Bacon

January 10, 2019 12:54 pm

The Existential Englishman: Paris Among the Artist by Michael Peppiatt reviewed

stop

Make it a new year’s resolution to be less active

January 10, 2019 12:38 pm

Not Working: Why We Have to Stop by Josh Cohen reviewed

postcards

Small but deadly: postcards that fueled the Russian Revolution

January 10, 2019 12:28 pm

Greetings from the Barricades: Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia by Tobie Mathew reviewed

chigozie obioma igbo

An Igbo Paradise Lost

January 10, 2019 12:22 pm

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma reviewed