Books

Has Dave Eggers finally found his voice?

March 14, 2019 9:39 am

The Parade by Dave Eggers reviewed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Donald Trump the paradox

March 2, 2019 12:31 pm

Trump’s election caused a self-created contradiction

Mister Miracle, the cheesiest of all superheroes

February 28, 2019 9:06 am

Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads reviewed

The world according to Charlotte Bingham

February 28, 2019 8:48 am

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

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

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

Tolkien in Africa

February 21, 2019 11:57 am

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James reviewed

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

Hitting the bull’s-eye

February 14, 2019 10:07 am

Hark by Sam Lipsyte reviewed

No escape from grief

February 14, 2019 9:55 am

Where Reasons End by Yiyin Li reviewed

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

Shakespeare on the beach

February 7, 2019 10:51 am

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

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

Twilight in the bayou

February 7, 2019 10:25 am

The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke reviewed

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

January 31, 2019 10:33 am

Engines of Privilege and Gilded Youth reviewed

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

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