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Jeanine Cummins is guilty — of writing a bad book

January 30, 2020 2:48 pm

Satan in New York


Gothic horror, German-style

January 30, 2020 2:24 pm

Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann reviewed


Was Dresden a war crime?

January 30, 2020 1:59 pm

The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945 by Sinclair McKay reviewed


Prepare to be amazed: the story of Birmingham’s Symphony Orchestra

January 30, 2020 1:43 pm

Forward: 100 Years of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra by Richard Bratby reviewed

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A novel of terror and hope on the Mexican-American border

January 30, 2020 1:06 pm

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins reviewed


Entente hostile: China, Japan and Korea

January 30, 2020 12:46 pm

Three Tigers, One Mountain: A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea and Japan by Michael Booth reviewed


The Italian job

January 27, 2020 1:53 pm

A House in the Mountains: The Women Who Liberated Italy from Fascism by Caroline Moorehead reviewed

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A house divided

January 27, 2020 1:32 pm

The Doll by Ismail Kadare reviewed


Winter wonderland

January 27, 2020 1:11 pm

The Frozen River: Seeking Silence in the Himalaya by James Crowden reviewed


Novel inspirations: H.L. Mencken, the bad boy of Baltimore

January 26, 2020 1:27 pm

Ideas and theories were not Mencken’s meat and drink. Real people and social comedy were

Low, by Jeet Thayil, reviewed

The wanderings of Ullis

January 23, 2020 2:06 pm

Low by Jeet Thayil reviewed

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How did the infamous Josef Mengele escape punishment?

January 23, 2020 1:27 pm

Mengele: Unmasking the ‘Angel of Death’ by David G. Marwell reviewed


Why did the New York Times minimize the Bosnian genocide?

January 21, 2020 6:04 pm

New York Times author denounces New York Times for publicizing her book

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‘A system at odds with the Constitution’

January 21, 2020 2:35 pm

A conversation with Christopher Caldwell about America today


What would Orwell have made of Trump?

January 20, 2020 8:56 pm

More attention should be paid to his collected essays, letters and journalism


Jung love

January 17, 2020 12:47 pm

Savage Messiah: How Dr Jordan Peterson Is Saving Western Civilization by Jim Proser reviewed


Varlam Shalamov’s Kolyma Tales are among the most harrowing in all literature

January 16, 2020 2:10 pm

Sketches of the Criminal World: Further Kolyma Stories by Varlam Shalamov reviewed


Believing in big data is equivalent to believing in the stars

January 16, 2020 1:55 pm

A Scheme of Heaven: The History of Astrology and the Search for our Destiny in Data by Alexander Boxer reviewed


Carrying on loving: Elizabeth Hardwick’s and Robert Lowell’s remarkable correspondence throughout the 1970s

January 16, 2020 1:35 pm

The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle by Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell reviewed


The joy of rummaging through Gladstone’s annotated books

January 14, 2020 9:08 am

A visit to the Gladstone Library has the welcome effect of removing you from the worries and concerns of the world


In the shadow of Vesuvius

January 12, 2020 12:18 pm

An exclusive extract from Daisy Dunn’s new biography of Pliny

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George Eliot, radical but conservative

January 11, 2020 8:09 am

What other heroine in a 19th-century novel strangles her sister’s canary as a girl?

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Fear and loathing in Jamaica: Caribbean slaves turn the whip on their masters

January 9, 2020 12:34 pm

Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War by Vincent Brown reviewed


Why we’re all in love with Fleabag

January 9, 2020 12:21 pm

Fleabag: The Scriptures and Fleabag: The Special Edition by Phoebe Waller-Bridge reviewed


Benjamin Disraeli — inventor of English political fiction

January 9, 2020 11:52 am

Sybil; or, The Two Nations by Benjamin Disraeli, read by Tim Bentinck, reviewed