Books

England’s Proust Premium

19 October 2017 | by Rachel Billington
An affectionate biography of a writer who sharply divided opinion – even among his friends

Speed reading Premium

19 October 2017 | by Thomas Tallon
Thomas Tallon selects three novels in translation

Framed in time Premium

19 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”.

Starved of the truth Premium

11 October 2017 | by Ian Thomson
How Stalin’s collectivisation led to the death of millions in the Ukrainian famine

All in order Premium

11 October 2017 | by Michael Walsh

Old secrets die hard Premium

11 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 Premium

11 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 Premium

11 October 2017
Mary Blanche Ridge packs three travel books

The centre cannot hold Premium

05 October 2017 | by Jimmy Burns
An engaging and astute analysis of a festering separatist crisis

The strangest Victorian Premium

05 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 Premium

27 September 2017 | by Teresa Morgan
A cultural history of the story of Adam and Eve is good – as far as it goes

Seamless journey Premium

27 September 2017 | by Sue Gaisford
[Claire Tomalin] had precious little to be grateful for in early childhood. From her father’s memoir, she learned that she had been conceived at the end of a day when he had seriously considered throwing her mother off a cliff.

What makes us hate Premium

27 September 2017 | by C. J. Schuler
How can a violent, fanatical cult ­prosper in a supposedly cultured, Christian country?

Decent into Hell Premium

27 September 2017 | by Claudia Newcombe
Written in 1954, The Dollmaker is a forgotten American epic by ­novelist Harriette Arnow and now reissued.

Victorian paradoxes Premium

21 September 2017 | by Michael Wheeler
A lively account of an era of global greatness and domestic squalor.

No place like home Premium

21 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.

The cost of war Premium

21 September 2017 | by Markie Robson-Scott
News from the Vietnam War hangs heavily over the Konar family in rural Pennsylvania in 1972.

Into the light Premium

21 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 Premium

21 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.

Modern Muslim heroines Premium

21 September 2017 | by Julian Margaret Gibbs
As she edges through the Istanbul traffic en route to a dinner party, Peri’s bag is stolen from her car. She astonishes herself by chasing the thief and hitting him to get it back.

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 Premium

14 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.

Closer than believed Premium

14 September 2017 | by Aidan Bellenger
A challenge to conventional views on ecumenism

Investigating the queen of crime Premium

14 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? Premium

07 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 Premium

07 September 2017 | by Susan Dowell
Mulley casts new light upon one of the darkest periods of modern European history …

Chills without thrills Premium

07 September 2017 | by Christopher Bray
Forty years on from Clive James’ counsel that he “Go back to the Cold!”, John le Carré has done just that.

Fidel Castro, the last true dictator-nationalist of the Caribbean, died in 2016 at the age of 90

That great sea Premium

30 August 2017 | by Hilary Davies
The notion of London – or any great metropolis – as sacred space is hardly new, but it is, by definition, problematic and protean.

Love and death Premium

30 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 Premium

30 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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