Books

sweet sorrow

Star-crossed lovers

July 11, 2019 4:40 pm

Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls reviewed

10 minutes

Washed up in Istanbul

July 11, 2019 4:21 pm

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak reviewed

raverat darwin

An American in Darwin’s family

July 8, 2019 12:38 pm

The prelude to Period Piece: A Slightly Foxed books essay

period piece

A gas-lit world

July 7, 2019 12:32 pm

Hazel Wood on the Darwin family and Gwen Raverat’s ‘Period Piece’: A Slightly Foxed books essay

red dog

Savagery in the Cape Colony

July 4, 2019 12:06 pm

Red Dog by Willem Anker reviewed

nineteen eighty-four

Nineteen Eighty-Four is not a guidebook for the present day

June 29, 2019 5:01 pm

A powerful totalitarian state is no longer needed to coerce human beings

History is made from ideas — but are ideas becoming history?

June 27, 2019 2:48 pm

Out of Our Minds: A History of What We Think and How We Think by Felipe Fernández-Armesto reviewed

rocket apollo

Getting to grips with rocket science

June 27, 2019 2:39 pm

Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket by Fraser MacDonald and Apollo 11: The Inside Story by David Whitehouse reviewed

travelers

Desperate souls

June 27, 2019 2:19 pm

Travelers by Helon Habila reviewed

plato glaucon

Plato, Socrates and Glaucon’s Fate

June 23, 2019 4:22 pm

A new interpretation of the old impulse to tyranny

orwell nineteen eighty-four

How does today’s world compare with Orwell’s nightmare vision?

June 20, 2019 1:28 pm

The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four by Dorian Lynskey reviewed

city of girls elizabeth gilbert

An education in love

June 20, 2019 12:09 pm

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert reviewed

butterfly naxi apennines

A chance encounter with a butterfly-catching Nazi

June 17, 2019 12:32 pm

A Slightly Foxed Editions feature

naomi wolf

Naomi Wolf is holed below the waterline

June 13, 2019 11:56 am

Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love by Naomi Wolf reviewed

apennines

Love and War in the Apennines

June 10, 2019 10:59 am

On Eric Newby’s wartime memoir: A Slightly Foxed books essay

mother ship francesca segal

My agonizing vigil over my twins’ fight for life

June 6, 2019 4:24 pm

Mother Ship by Francesca Segal reviewed

shadowplay

Nights at the Lyceum

June 6, 2019 4:15 pm

Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor reviewed

this storm james ellroy

Washed-up in LA

June 6, 2019 4:05 pm

This Storm by James Ellroy reviewed

muhammad

Hostility to Islam has disguised a host of other prejudices

June 6, 2019 6:54 am

Faces of Muhammad: Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to Today by John Tolan reviewed

culture

Diversity means culture, not race 

June 3, 2019 1:33 pm

America must teach immigrants how to be Americans

abimael guzman guzmán

My fictional Abimael Guzmán turned out to be eerily accurate

May 30, 2019 8:20 am

The Shining Path: Love, Madness and Revolution in the Andes by Orin Starn and Miguel La Serna reviewed

alchemy

Transforming Goosefish into Monkfish: branding’s slippery secrets

May 30, 2019 8:14 am

Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life by Rory Sutherland reviewed

william maxwell

The world of William Maxwell

May 25, 2019 10:08 am

An American original with an almost European touch: A Slightly Foxed books essay

witcraft

Oddballs of British philosophy

May 23, 2019 5:16 pm

Witcraft: The Invention of Philosophy in English by Jonathan Rée reviewed

technological

Towards a technological utopia

May 23, 2019 5:06 pm

Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization by John Browne reviewed