Books

kabbalah

Will we ever unravel the mysteries of Kabbalah?

January 24, 2019 1:59 pm

Kabbalah: Secrecy, Scandal and the Soul by Harry Freedman reviewed

flu

One hundred years on, could we cope with a new flu pandemic?

January 24, 2019 1:46 pm

Influenza: The Quest to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History by Jeremy Brown reviewed

auberon waugh

Auberon Waugh — a demon on the page, an angel off it

January 24, 2019 1:35 pm

A Scribbler in Soho: A Celebration of Auberon Waugh reviewed

authors moral

Why do authors have to be ‘moral’? Because their publishing contracts tell them so

January 17, 2019 11:21 am

My compulsion to rub strangers up the wrong way in a political sense grows only more enticing

teffi totalitarianism

The best way to defeat totalitarianism? Treat it as a joke

January 17, 2019 11:09 am

Teffi: A Life of Letters and of Laughter by Edythe Haber reviewed

rorke’s drift

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat: the story of Rorke’s Drift

January 17, 2019 10:50 am

Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana: Great Battles by Ian F.W. Beckett reviewed

behavior

Is the threat of capital punishment really the foundation of good behavior?

January 17, 2019 10:39 am

The Goodness Paradox: How Evolution Made Us More and Less Violent by Richard Wrangham reviewed

belfast

Life and death in 1970s Belfast

January 10, 2019 1:53 pm

For the Good Times by David Keenan reviewed

hungary

Hungary is being led once again down a dangerous nationalistic path

January 10, 2019 1:36 pm

Hungary: A Short History by Norman Stone reviewed

artist

It’s a lifetime of hard work being an artist

January 10, 2019 1:15 pm

Studio Voices: Art and Life in 20th-Century Britain by Michael Bird reviewed

francis bacon

France gets a taste for Bacon

January 10, 2019 12:54 pm

The Existential Englishman: Paris Among the Artist by Michael Peppiatt reviewed

stop

Make it a new year’s resolution to be less active

January 10, 2019 12:38 pm

Not Working: Why We Have to Stop by Josh Cohen reviewed

postcards

Small but deadly: postcards that fueled the Russian Revolution

January 10, 2019 12:28 pm

Greetings from the Barricades: Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia by Tobie Mathew reviewed

chigozie obioma igbo

An Igbo Paradise Lost

January 10, 2019 12:22 pm

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma reviewed

calouste gulbenkian

How Calouste Gulbenkian became the richest man in the world

January 3, 2019 8:24 am

Mr Five Per Cent: The Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the World’s Richest Man by Jonathan Conlin reviewed

wooster

The telltale signs your child is texting about Jeeves and Wooster

January 3, 2019 7:45 am

Much book promotion is tremendous fun: to meet the fine folk who pay hard-earned oof for your work is a genuine honor

amos oz

Amos Oz, a giant of Israeli literature and politics

December 28, 2018 8:07 pm

In Oz’s novels, the materiality of politics dominates the waking day, and the dreams and nightmares of literature the sleepless nights

ovid classics

Classics takes the Red Pill

December 19, 2018 5:53 am

For online bigots, ancient history is the tip of the Zuckerberg

2019 memoirs

Exclusive: the eagerly anticipated (or not) Trump-era memoirs of 2019

December 14, 2018 2:15 pm

Trump White House memoirs are rolling off the presses. Let’s imagine the ones yet to come

speeches

Words to rally and inspire: stirring speeches from Elizabeth I to the present

December 13, 2018 2:38 pm

Speeches of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Orations Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher reviewed

gestures

The minefield of mime: ‘halt’ to an American signifies ‘hi’ to an Arab

December 13, 2018 2:27 pm

Dictionary of Gestures: Expressive Comportments and Movements in Use Around the World by François Caradec reviewed

china dream ma jian brainwashing

A biting Chinese brainwashing satire

December 13, 2018 2:19 pm

China Dream by Ma Jian reviewed

grievances

Relish — and cultivate — your grievances

December 13, 2018 2:09 pm

How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment — The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life by Sophie Hannah reviewed

childbirth

How any mother — or baby — survived childbirth before the 20th century is astonishing

December 13, 2018 2:02 pm

The Hand that Rocked the Cradle: The Art of Birth and Infancy by Sue Laurence reviewed

jeeves wooster

‘Jeeves and the Midnight Mess’: A Christmas short story

December 13, 2018 10:00 am

A pudding predicament strikes on Christmas Eve