Book review


The chronic crisis in adolescent mental health care

September 24, 2020 9:23 am

More Than a Woman by Caitlin Moran reviewed


A river runs through it

September 21, 2020 11:00 am

Magdalena: River of Dreams by Wade Davis reviewed


A dazzling fable about loneliness

September 17, 2020 4:12 pm

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke reviewed

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The Special Relationship was never very special

September 17, 2020 3:58 pm

The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit by Ian Buruma reviewed

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Never a dull sentence: the journalism of Harry Perry Robinson

September 15, 2020 8:58 am

Escape Artist: The Nine Lives of Harry Perry Robinson by Joseph McAleer reviewed


Eager for beavers : the case for their reintroduction to Britain

September 10, 2020 10:28 am

Bringing Back the Beaver: The Story of One Man’s Quest to Rewild Britain’s Waterways by Derek Gow reviewed

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Hitler’s admiration has severely damaged Wagner’s reputation

September 10, 2020 9:47 am

Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross reviewed


Too much learning is a dangerous thing

September 10, 2020 9:07 am

Head, Hand, Heart: Why Intelligence Is Over-Rewarded, Manual Workers Matter, and Caregivers Deserve More Respect by David Goodhart reviewed


The magic of JFK remains undimmed

September 10, 2020 8:52 am

JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 by Fredrik Logevall reviewed


City of the Sphinx

September 9, 2020 2:37 pm

Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece by Paul Cartledge reviewed

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Our lady of hope

September 6, 2020 12:09 pm

Notre-Dame: The Soul of France by Agnès Poirier reviewed

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Not such a hero: the tarnished legend of Robin Hood

September 3, 2020 12:09 am

Storyworlds of Robin Hood: The Origins of a Medieval Outlaw by Lesley Coote reviewed

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Is your baby racist?

September 2, 2020 5:41 pm

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi reviewed

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Rock, a hard place

August 30, 2020 2:44 pm

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld reviewed

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Toussaint Louverture: the true hero of Haiti

August 27, 2020 11:14 am

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture by Sudhir Hazareesingh reviewed

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A story without redemption

August 27, 2020 10:59 am

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante reviewed

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Return of the patriarch

August 23, 2020 1:06 pm

The Family Clause by Jonas Hassen Khemiri reviewed


On the square, on the level

August 22, 2020 9:55 am

The Craft: How Freemasons Made the Modern World by John Dickie reviewed


Lucky Tim

August 21, 2020 5:12 pm

Italian Life: A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal by Tim Parks reviewed


It’s time to leave Chopin in peace

August 20, 2020 12:14 pm

Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions by Annik LaFarge reviewed


In just eight years Selim I became ‘God’s Shadow on Earth’

August 20, 2020 11:51 am

God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Mikhail reviewed


Should we all be prepping for the end of days?

August 20, 2020 11:18 am

Bunker: Building for the End Times by Bradley Garrett reviewed

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Who is telling the truth in Kate Reed Petty’s debut novel?

August 13, 2020 11:49 am

True Story by Kate Reed Petty reviewed

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A toast to brotherhood

August 13, 2020 11:49 am

Summer by Ali Smith reviewed


It took two centuries to eradicate smallpox even after a vaccine was invented

August 6, 2020 12:26 am

The Great Inoculator by Gavin Weightman and War Against Smallpox by Michael Bennett reviewed