England’s Proust Premium19 October 2017 | by Rachel Billington
An affectionate biography of a writer who sharply divided opinion – even among his friends
Speed reading Premium19 October 2017 | by Thomas Tallon
Thomas Tallon selects three novels in translation
Framed in time Premium19 October 2017 | by Morag MacInnes
The blurb on the back of this book – from The Observer – describes the author as “a great English stylist in full maturity”.
Old secrets die hard Premium11 October 2017 | by Jessica Coffin
The fourth novel by J. Courtney Sullivan follows in the wake of a string of books on the immigrant experience in America.
The lives of others Premium11 October 2017 | by David Chater
Clair Wills, who teaches at Princeton, has written an authoritative and exhaustive study of post-war immigration to Britain
Speed reading Premium11 October 2017
Mary Blanche Ridge packs three travel books
The strangest Victorian Premium05 October 2017 | by Rebecca Fraser
The eminent cultural historian Jenny Uglow tracks down the wellsprings of the strangest genius of the nineteenth century.
Two divided by one Premium27 September 2017 | by Teresa Morgan
A cultural history of the story of Adam and Eve is good – as far as it goes
What makes us hate Premium27 September 2017 | by C. J. Schuler
How can a violent, fanatical cult prosper in a supposedly cultured, Christian country?
Decent into Hell Premium27 September 2017 | by Claudia Newcombe
Written in 1954, The Dollmaker is a forgotten American epic by novelist Harriette Arnow and now reissued.
Victorian paradoxes Premium21 September 2017 | by Michael Wheeler
A lively account of an era of global greatness and domestic squalor.
No place like home Premium21 September 2017 | by Marina Vaizey
A contemporary and utterly captivating meditation on Calcutta by a son of the city who left at 12, was educated at Princeton and then returned, unable to resist a siren call he did not fully understand.
Into the light Premium21 September 2017 | by Simon Scott Plummer
A brave, moving, finely-wrought book: brave in its honest portrayal of an exceptional childhood; moving in its author’s relationship with her talented, wayward father; elegant in its language and handling of time.
Blame the Christians Premium21 September 2017 | by Averil Cameron
Catherine Nixey is a lively writer and likely to go far, but unfortunately in her first book she has rather unimaginatively bought into the old “blame the Christians” model.
Julia Boyd’s fascinating new book has trawled through archives of published and unpublished accounts by foreign visitors who visited Germany between 1919 and 1939: although historical hindsight is all too easy, it nonetheless does seem remarkable how few of them seem to have felt the chill of foreboding.
Painting by numbers Premium14 September 2017 | by John McEwen
This book has been well received. That should not be surprising. Its author has written nearly 20 books, on subjects as diverse as Volcano: Nature and Culture and William Heath Robinson.
Investigating the queen of crime Premium14 September 2017 | by SUZI FEAY
A thoroughly clever entertainment and a fitting homage Agatha Christie, but it has a chilling melancholy all its own.
Was Darwin wrong? Premium07 September 2017 | by Simon Conway Morris
A prolific contrarian has the great scientist in his crosshairs, but his barrel is bent
The Führer’s female pilots Premium07 September 2017 | by Susan Dowell
Mulley casts new light upon one of the darkest periods of modern European history …
Fidel Castro, the last true dictator-nationalist of the Caribbean, died in 2016 at the age of 90
Love and death Premium30 August 2017 | by Sarah Hayes
Fathers and sons are in vogue at the moment. You see them everywhere: in films, in fiction, on the stage, but rarely do you see parent and child together and never for very long.
Lost son Premium30 August 2017 | by Christopher Allmand
The fourteenth century, which took in a fair chunk of the Hundred Years’ War, is currently a favoured period among medieval historians.
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