An eloquent and passionate defence of the open, multicultural city

Penelope Lively celebrates Lucy Mangan's engaging critique on how childhood reading, nurtured by the her local library, 'made me who I am'.

All Philip Hensher's customary guile and stage-management are on display in The Friendly Ones.

14 March 2018

Wonderfully made

An erudite, combative and persuasive assault on materialism

Wendy Mitchell's 'Somebody I Used to Know'

14 March 2018 | by Piers Paul Read

Literary Lives

Blake Morrison’s new novel is entertaining, well written and acute in its observations of struggling writers and their wives.

14 March 2018 | by Emma Klein

Love and numbers

What is striking about Heather Morris’ new book, based on the powerful and true story of “Lale” Sokolov

08 March 2018 | by Robin Baird-Smith

In defence of doubt

An eloquent former bishop weighs up his chances of heaven

Justin Welby’s beautifully written and accessible account of Britain in a post-Brexit world leaves some big questions unanswered.

Catherine Pepinster reviews The Tablet's Novel of the Week.

08 March 2018 | by Alban McCoy

The good life

Nicholas Austin describes his overview of Aquinas on virtue as “a causal account”. It is replete with insights.

08 March 2018 | by Nicholas Tucker , Irenosen Okojie

The way we live now

A clear-eyed, insightful meditation on race, identity and ­belonging.

Is it enough simply to celebrate all the good things we have achieved without also considering the journey?

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