Books

modernist architecture

Modernist architecture isn’t barbarous – but the blinkered rejection of it is

August 23, 2018 11:34 am

Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism by James Stevens Curl reviewed

dairy Milk! A 10,000 Year Food Fracas by Mark Kurlansky reviewed

How scary is dairy?

August 23, 2018 8:14 am

Milk! A 10,000 Year Food Fracas by Mark Kurlansky reviewed

hamlet

Glenda Jackson might have made a magnificent Hamlet

August 23, 2018 8:06 am

Performing Hamlet: Actors in the Modern Age by Jonathan Croall reviewed

whales

Will all whales soon be extinct?

August 23, 2018 7:52 am

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Largest Animals by Nick Pyenson reviewed

american short stories

Too much American angst: the latest short stories

August 23, 2018 7:36 am

New collections by A.M. Homes, Joseph O’Neill, Christine Schutt, Margarita García Robayo and Gaito Gazdanov reviewed

translator Sympathy for the Traitor by Mark Polizzotti

The translator and spy: two sides of the same coin

August 23, 2018 7:29 am

Sympathy for the Traitor by Mark Polizzotti reviewed

jimmy page capricorn

Jimmy Page is a Capricorn – that says it all

August 23, 2018 7:18 am

Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography by Chris Salewicz reviewed

robert graves

Ménage à quatre with Robert Graves

August 16, 2018 1:12 pm

Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to Good-Bye to All That, 1895–1929 by Jean Moorcroft Wilson reviewed

The plight of the returnee

August 16, 2018 1:06 pm

A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen reviewed.

How do we envisage Shakespeare’s wife?

August 16, 2018 1:01 pm

Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife by Katherine West Scheil reviewed.

A feast for foot fetishists

August 16, 2018 12:53 pm

The Mummy’s Foot and the Big Toe by Alan Krell reviewed.

Did the Russian mafia help Trump along his way to the Oval Office?

August 15, 2018 5:18 pm

House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger reviewed.

The shattering honesty of V.S. Naipaul

August 15, 2018 7:36 am

Teller of truths and tales.

The perfect guide to a book everyone should read

August 9, 2018 8:32 am

Dantes Divine Comedy by Ian Thomson reviewed.

‘We are not cattle, we’re people’: everyday hell in Stalin’s labour camps

August 9, 2018 8:23 am

Shadows on the Tundra by Dalia Grinkeviciute reviewed.

The selective breeding of pets: how far should we go?

August 9, 2018 7:08 am

Unnatural Selection by Katrina van Grouw reviewed.

Shades of Rear Window: People in the Room, by Norah Lange, reviewed

August 2, 2018 10:12 am

Borges’ muse paints a picture of suffocating isolation and voyeurism.

The magnificent Atkinsons: rigours of travel in 19th-century Russia

August 2, 2018 10:02 am

Mosquitoes and lice plague them all summer, bitter cold and storms all winter, and they face the constant risk of violence and sudden death.

Born again: My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh, reviewed

July 26, 2018 9:40 am

For all her wise-cracking, the history of parental neglect, bereavement and social savagery that has brought her low is genuinely affecting.

David Sedaris, the current king of humourists, is often not funny at all

July 26, 2018 9:32 am

Calypso is quite repetitive, especially when it comes to what is really its main concern: houses.

Portrait of an American childhood: A Long Island Story by Rick Gekoski reviewed

July 26, 2018 9:17 am

A Long Island Story is an affectionate portrait of the author’s family.

Bruce Lee: weird, gruesome and oh-so-cool

July 26, 2018 9:11 am

From his early street fights to his friendship with Steve McQueen, from his cha-cha to his one-inch punch, Bruce Lee was made to be Bruce Lee.

Adam Smith analysed human behaviour, not economics, says Simon Heffer

July 19, 2018 1:01 pm

Jesse Norman debunks several myths about the founding father of economics.

Two valuable new books about technology that are a bummer to read

July 19, 2018 12:55 pm

Too often the writing descends on a good idea like a dense fog.

A melancholy talent with a genius for send-up – Flann O’Brien was his own worst enemy

July 19, 2018 12:40 pm

O’Brien’s career revived in the last years of his life, and even this magazine can congratulate itself on having played a small part in this.