Books

philip larkin eva larkin

A little of Philip Larkin’s letters goes a long way

October 25, 2018 10:48 am

Philip Larkin: Letters Home, 1936–1977 reviewed

chapo trap house

Chapo Trap House’s revolution fizzles

October 20, 2018 10:49 am

The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason by Chapo Trap House reviewed

little women

150 years on, what makes Little Women such an enduring classic?

October 18, 2018 3:49 pm

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why it Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux reviewed

north vietnam

How on earth did North Vietnam prevail against the world’s greatest power?

October 18, 2018 3:38 pm

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945–1975 by Max Hastings reviewed

capitalism in america

Whatever America is searching for, Trump isn’t providing it

October 18, 2018 3:00 pm

Capitalism in America and These Truths reviewed

lost empress sergio de la pava

Manic creations

October 18, 2018 11:08 am

Lost Empress: A Protest by Sergio De La Pava reviewed

stormy daniels bed thunder

Stormy Daniels’s honesty issues

October 13, 2018 7:08 pm

Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels reviewed

gandhi hitler

Gandhi on Hitler: ‘I do not believe him to be as bad as he is portrayed’

October 11, 2018 10:45 pm

Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World: 1914–1948 by Ramachandra Guha reviewed

enigma variations

The passions of Paulo

October 11, 2018 10:31 pm

Enigma Variations by André Aciman reviewed

circus

The circus visits every corner of the globe — even Antarctica

October 11, 2018 10:12 pm

The Circus by Pascal Jacob reviewed

leonard cohen

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen speaks from beyond the grave

October 9, 2018 5:40 am

More power and glory from the dead poet, singer, lover and humourist

The Sky Is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism peter biskind

Which comes first, the events or the zeitgeist? Peter Biskind examines pop culture

October 4, 2018 8:57 am

The Sky Is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism by Peter Biskind reviewed

vietnam war

The disaster of Vietnam and the men who can’t get over it

October 4, 2018 8:46 am

Road to Disaster: A New History of America’s Descent into Vietnam by Brian VanDeMark reviewed

french exit patrick dewitt
Oleg Gordievsky

Oleg Gordievsky, the ultimate spy story — and Ben Macintyre, the best writer to tell it

October 4, 2018 8:15 am

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre reviewed

winston churchill andrew roberts

A generous new biography of the man who saved Britain in its darkest hour

October 4, 2018 7:28 am

Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts reviewed

help me marianne power

Self-Help goes mainstream – can Marianne Power survive her own quest?

September 27, 2018 7:47 am

Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Her Life by Marianne Power reviewed

erebus michael palin

Michael Palin follows the Erebus – an historic ‘adventure’ with a tragic outcome

September 27, 2018 7:31 am

Erebus: The Story of a Ship by Michael Palin reviewed

gary shteyngart lake success

A hedge-fund protagonist – Gary Shteyngart takes aim

September 27, 2018 7:15 am

Lake Success: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart reviewed

Roller-Coaster: Europe 1950–2017

Ian Kershaw recounts Europe’s recovery from WWII – have the good times run their course?

September 27, 2018 6:59 am

Roller-Coaster: Europe 1950–2017 by Ian Kershaw reviewed

This Dark Business: The Secret War Against Napoleon

The history of Britain’s secret war on Napoleon is astonishing, inspiring and disturbing

September 20, 2018 7:50 am

This Dark Business: The Secret War Against Napoleon by Tim Clayton

the book of humans

Humans are animals, and our extinction is inevitable – but we’re still pretty amazing

September 20, 2018 7:22 am

The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us by Adam Rutherford reviewed

richard wagner the ring of nibelung

As a writer, Richard Wagner was both sublime – and unreadable

September 20, 2018 6:51 am

The Ring of Nibelung by Richard Wagner, translated by John Deathridge, reviewed

harvey milk

The ‘other’ life of Harvey Milk

September 13, 2018 9:56 am

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death by Lillian Faderman reviewed

to obama jeanne marie laskas

Dear Mr President: the ‘little people’ write to Obama

September 13, 2018 9:32 am

To Obama: With Love, Joy, Hope and Despair by Jeanne Marie Laskas reviewed