Book review


Once more without feeling

November 16, 2019 9:54 am

Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq reviewed


Heart of darkness

October 30, 2019 2:35 pm

Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe by Rory MacLean reviewed

lucian freud

On Freud’s couch

October 29, 2019 4:14 pm

The Lives of Lucian Freud: The Restless Years, 1922-1968 by William Feaver reviewed

edna o’brien

Country girl

October 23, 2019 7:35 pm

Girl by Edna O’Brien reviewed

john le carré

Spy times

October 21, 2019 2:56 pm

Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré reviewed


Donald Trump and the art of the lawsuit

October 21, 2019 10:44 am

Plaintiff in Chief: a Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits by James D. Zirin reviewed

umberto eco

Eco and Narcissus

October 18, 2019 1:07 pm

On the Shoulders of Giants by Umberto Eco reviewed


Race to the finish

October 14, 2019 11:39 am

Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race by Thomas Chatterton Williams reviewed


Three remarkable sisters at the heart of 20th-century Chinese politics

October 10, 2019 12:14 pm

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China by Jung Chang reviewed

patti smith

Patti Smith had a bad year in 2016

October 10, 2019 12:13 pm

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith reviewed


Anyone interested in Gilgamesh will get something out of this ‘little essay’

October 10, 2019 9:56 am

Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem by Michael Schmidt reviewed

david cameron
east india

Bad company

October 1, 2019 2:15 pm

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple reviewed


A New York state of mind

September 22, 2019 12:59 pm

Doxology by Nell Zink reviewed


The tsunami of stuff we have and want is based on culture and economics

September 19, 2019 1:21 pm

Possessed: Why We Want More Than We Need by Bruce Hood reviewed


The great American trauma in minute detail

September 19, 2019 9:56 am

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann reviewed


A thoroughly modern medieval romance

September 12, 2019 11:19 am

To Calais, in Ordinary Time by James Meek reviewed

memory police

Out of sight, out of mind

August 8, 2019 12:10 pm

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa reviewed

Who needs Jordan Peterson when we have Ferdinand Mount?

May 5, 2018 10:17 am

You will by now doubtless be familiar with the University of Toronto academic Jordan Peterson. He’s the unlikely YouTube star…

Thomas Paine: spendthrift, scrounger and polemicist of genius

March 8, 2018 12:30 pm

‘We have it in our power to begin the world over again.’ Ronald Reagan made this most unconservative of lines…