to obama jeanne marie laskas

Dear Mr President: the ‘little people’ write to Obama

September 13, 2018 9:32 am

To Obama: With Love, Joy, Hope and Despair by Jeanne Marie Laskas reviewed

washington black

The burden of freedom

September 13, 2018 8:34 am

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan reviewed

sylvia plath

‘Ted is liar. Ted beats me up. Ted wishes me dead’: Sylvia Plath descends into madness and misery

September 13, 2018 8:21 am

Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume II: 1956–1963 reviewed

reagan poland walesa covert action

Reagan, victor of the Cold War, with a little help from Lech Walesa and the Pope

September 11, 2018 7:24 am

A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland by Seth G. Jones reviewed

immigration melting pot or civil war

How moderates can save immigration reform

September 10, 2018 8:44 am

Melting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders reviewed

american story

All things lead to 9/11

September 6, 2018 11:14 am

An American Story, by Christopher Priest, reviewed

Theatre of the World

How a faulty map led to the discovery of America

September 6, 2018 11:02 am

Theatre of the World: The Maps that Made History reviewed


The personality test that conned the world

September 6, 2018 10:49 am

What’s Your Type? The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing reviewed

lords of the desert

The scramble for the Middle East: Britain and America fall out

September 6, 2018 10:07 am

Lords of the Desert: Britain’s Struggle with America to Dominate the Middle East by James Barr reviewed

paris echo sebastian faulks

Hoping to find happiness

September 6, 2018 9:47 am

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks reviewed

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The old man and his muse: Hemingway’s toe-curling infatuation with Adriana Ivancich

August 30, 2018 7:33 am

Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse reviewed


A date with Venus in Tahiti

August 30, 2018 7:26 am

Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World reviewed

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


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


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.