Books

vasily grossman

Vasily Grossman: eyewitness to the 20th century’s worst atrocities

April 18, 2019 10:41 am

Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century by Alexandra Popoff reviewed

michael holroyd novel

My father threatened to sue me for my first novel

April 15, 2019 3:50 pm

Literary lapses and family law: A Slightly Foxed books excerpt

machines like me

Toy boy

April 11, 2019 2:15 pm

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan reviewed

13th century

Rebel girls of the 13th century

April 11, 2019 10:57 am

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of Edward I by Kelcey Wilson-Lee reviewed

jewish foods

Jewish food to relish and cherish

April 11, 2019 10:33 am

The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List reviewed

joke

Now – as in the Soviet Union – making a joke can be a dangerous, life-changing mistake

April 4, 2019 1:21 pm

A well-wisher sent me a copy of The Joke last year after I’d lost five positions as a result of making some stupid gags on Twitter

The vast human cost of the Panama Canal keeps unfolding

April 4, 2019 12:44 pm

Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal by Marixa Lasso reviewed

fuhrer

The hunt for the Führer

March 29, 2019 12:54 pm

How Hugh Trevor-Roper unraveled the mystery of Hitler’s death: A Slightly Foxed books essay

virginia hall

The Lady with the Limp: homage to the one-legged Virginia Hall, SOE’s ‘most dangerous’ agent

March 28, 2019 12:24 pm

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell reviewed

neo-nazism

Where is the rise of neo-Nazism around Europe leading?

March 28, 2019 12:05 pm

The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present by Gavriel D. Rosenfeld reviewed

cute

What makes Kim Jong-il cute — and Barack Obama not?

March 28, 2019 11:53 am

The Power of Cute by Simon May reviewed

heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein: the ‘giant of SF’ was sexist, racist — and certainly no stylist

March 28, 2019 10:40 am

The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein by Farah Mendlesohn reviewed

metropolis

Farewell Bernie Gunther

March 28, 2019 10:22 am

Metropolis by Philip Kerr reviewed

arabs

The Arabs before Islam: a rich, exotic history

March 28, 2019 9:51 am

Arabs: A 3,000 Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires by Tim Mackintosh-Smith reviewed

politicized childrens books

Politicized kids’ books are a new low in parenting

March 22, 2019 10:12 am

Won’t somebody please think of the children!

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Missive from a living fossil

March 21, 2019 10:32 am

Little Boy by Lawrence Ferlinghetti reviewed

other americans

A Mojave desert mystery

March 21, 2019 10:13 am

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami reviewed

polynesia

How Polynesia came to be inhabited is still one of the world’s great mysteries

March 21, 2019 9:47 am

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson reviewed

memories of the future

Writing as revenge

March 21, 2019 9:17 am

Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt reviewed

dave eggers

Has Dave Eggers finally found his voice?

March 14, 2019 9:39 am

The Parade by Dave Eggers reviewed

richard sorge

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

St Patrick

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

ashton applewhite

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

lolita

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

winston churchill

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