Books

annie ernaux

Annie Ernaux looks back at her teenage self — and sees a stranger

April 2, 2020 2:31 pm

A Girl’s Story by Annie Ernaux reviewed

burma

The British Far East campaign in WWII is the new focus of Daniel Todman’s comprehensive history

April 2, 2020 2:16 pm

Britain’s War: A New World 1942–1947 by Daniel Todman reviewed

philosophers

On the road again

March 30, 2020 5:53 pm

The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad by Emily Thomas reviewed

kingsley

Death in the Cape

March 30, 2020 5:01 pm

Something of Themselves: Kipling, Kingsley, Conan Doyle and the Boer War by Sarah LeFanu reviewed

rob doyle threshold

Rake’s progress

March 29, 2020 4:34 pm

Threshold by Rob Doyle reviewed

kinks

Even in the Swinging Sixties, Ray Davies was feeling nostalgic

March 26, 2020 7:43 pm

The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached by Mark Doyle reviewed

houses

Where would any writer be without a room of their own?

March 26, 2020 7:23 pm

Lives of Houses reviewed

glass hadley freeman

For Jews in Occupied France, survival was a matter of luck

March 26, 2020 6:50 pm

House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a 20th-Century Jewish Family by Hadley Freeman reviewed

armageddon

King Solomon’s lost city will remain lost forever

March 26, 2020 6:34 pm

Digging Up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon by Eric Cline reviewed

thomas piketty

What makes Thomas Piketty so sure he can save the world?

March 26, 2020 6:07 pm

Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty reviewed

solnit

A love letter to San Francisco’s mean streets

March 26, 2020 5:43 pm

Recollections of My Non-Existence by Rebecca Solnit reviewed

moons

Violence and cross-dressing in post-bellum Tennessee

March 19, 2020 4:57 pm

A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry reviewed

pepperharrow

As intricate as an origami sculpture

March 19, 2020 4:47 pm

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley reviewed

woody

Why Hachette were wrong to drop Woody Allen’s memoir

March 19, 2020 4:07 pm

Publishing is now a bottom-up, populist industry in which an army of 12-year-old editorial assistants enjoy a veto over the catalog

hilary mantel

The agony of reading Hilary Mantel

March 19, 2020 12:09 pm

What is the point in the rest of us even writing historical fiction?

thor heyerdahl lockdown

The lockdown list: books to read during quarantine

March 18, 2020 12:33 pm

Daily reading recommendations from The Spectator’s writers and editors

decadence douthat

Apocalypse soon

March 17, 2020 1:35 pm

The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success by Ross Douthat reviewed

metternich

Prince of Europe’s long peace

March 17, 2020 12:11 pm

Metternich: Strategist and Visionary by Wolfram Siemann reviewed

louise erdrich

If you haven’t read Louise Erdrich, now’s the time to start

March 12, 2020 3:47 pm

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich reviewed

bach

Rescued by the Goldberg Variations

March 12, 2020 3:15 pm

Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning by Philip Kennicott reviewed

shakespeare

Riotous performances

March 6, 2020 1:15 pm

Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro reviewed

wendell willkie

Around the world in 49 days

March 6, 2020 12:02 pm

The Idealist: Wendell Willkie’s Wartime Quest to Build One World by Samuel Zipp reviewed

precipice

How close is humanity to destroying itself?

March 5, 2020 1:03 pm

The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity by Toby Ord reviewed

thomas cromwell

Knowing Cromwell’s fate only increases the tension

March 5, 2020 12:16 pm

The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel reviewed

dave brubeck

The good boy of jazz: Dave Brubeck’s time has come round at last

March 5, 2020 10:58 am

Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time by Philip Clark reviewed