Book review

galvin

When six of her 12 children went mad, Mimi Galvin did her best to make to light of it

April 2, 2020 2:59 pm

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker reviewed

anne tyler

Even Anne Tyler can’t make a solitary Baltimore janitor sound interesting

April 2, 2020 2:41 pm

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler reviewed

annie ernaux

Annie Ernaux looks back at her teenage self — and sees a stranger

April 2, 2020 2:31 pm

A Girl’s Story by Annie Ernaux reviewed

burma

The British Far East campaign in WWII is the new focus of Daniel Todman’s comprehensive history

April 2, 2020 2:16 pm

Britain’s War: A New World 1942–1947 by Daniel Todman reviewed

philosophers

On the road again

March 30, 2020 5:53 pm

The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad by Emily Thomas reviewed

kingsley

Death in the Cape

March 30, 2020 5:01 pm

Something of Themselves: Kipling, Kingsley, Conan Doyle and the Boer War by Sarah LeFanu reviewed

rob doyle threshold

Rake’s progress

March 29, 2020 4:34 pm

Threshold by Rob Doyle reviewed

kinks

Even in the Swinging Sixties, Ray Davies was feeling nostalgic

March 26, 2020 7:43 pm

The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached by Mark Doyle reviewed

houses

Where would any writer be without a room of their own?

March 26, 2020 7:23 pm

Lives of Houses reviewed

solnit

A love letter to San Francisco’s mean streets

March 26, 2020 5:43 pm

Recollections of My Non-Existence by Rebecca Solnit reviewed

moons

Violence and cross-dressing in post-bellum Tennessee

March 19, 2020 4:57 pm

A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry reviewed

pepperharrow

As intricate as an origami sculpture

March 19, 2020 4:47 pm

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley reviewed

louise erdrich

If you haven’t read Louise Erdrich, now’s the time to start

March 12, 2020 3:47 pm

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich reviewed

bach

Rescued by the Goldberg Variations

March 12, 2020 3:15 pm

Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning by Philip Kennicott reviewed

wendell willkie

Around the world in 49 days

March 6, 2020 12:02 pm

The Idealist: Wendell Willkie’s Wartime Quest to Build One World by Samuel Zipp reviewed

precipice

How close is humanity to destroying itself?

March 5, 2020 1:03 pm

The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity by Toby Ord reviewed

dave brubeck

The good boy of jazz: Dave Brubeck’s time has come round at last

March 5, 2020 10:58 am

Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time by Philip Clark reviewed

actress

Becoming shades

March 3, 2020 9:40 am

Actress by Anne Enright reviewed

india

Birth of a nation

February 21, 2020 9:57 am

India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy by Madhav Khosla reviewed

hungry

Wouldn’t the migrant crisis make fantastic reality TV?

February 20, 2020 12:58 pm

The Hungry and the Fat by Timur Vermes reviewed

weather

Hell and high water: eco-anxiety dominates Jenny Offill’s latest novel

February 20, 2020 12:49 pm

Weather by Jenny Offill reviewed

prison

Shades of the prison house: the ghosts of suicides fill Britain’s prisons

February 20, 2020 12:37 pm

A Bit of a Stretch: The Secret Diaries of a Prisoner by Chris Atkins reviewed

chinatown

Chinatown — that late masterpiece of film noir — could never be made now

February 6, 2020 12:08 am

The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood by Sam Wasson reviewed

independence

Dirty money and political manipulation

February 5, 2020 11:58 pm

Independence Square by A.D. Miller reviewed

abigail

An unsentimental Hungarian education

February 5, 2020 11:45 pm

Abigail by Magda Szabó reviewed