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14 November 2018 | by Teresa Morgan

What next? wonders the Astronomer Royal

The Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees, a ‘practising but unbelieving Christian’, wonders where we’re heading

14 November 2018 | by Hilary Davies

Life after death

Lisa Appignanesi’s Every­day Madness begins where Robert Fraser’s ends, with the death of a spouse. The last, angry words between them act like a curse over her grief, and so she rages, at virtually everything

14 November 2018 | by Lucy Lethbridge

Soundest satire

The eponymous heroine of Cassandra Darke is a cantankerous, selfish old trout, an art dealer in her seventies. She is defiantly large, with helmet-bobbed hair and a taste for artistic jewellery

14 November 2018 | by Ian Thomson

Another country

A Proustian elegy to a lost past, The Estancia is a marvel of poise and the high classical style, its mandarin prose a delight to read

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Max Hastings' magisterial account of the Vietnam War, forty years on

07 November 2018 | by Gemma Simmonds

Prayer in the postmodern era

Reflections on the nature of prayer for postmodern lives

Sue Prideaux wants to exonerate Nietzsche from charges of proto-Nazism, though his work does, she concedes in this new biography, contain “ugly elements”

Complacent ignorance of what is under one's nose is a repeated theme in Lucy Beckett's latest novel, The Year of Thamar's Book.

01 November 2018 | by James Fergusson

Was there a Scottish holocaust in the nineteenth century?

What caused the mass emigrations from Scotland in the nineteenth century? Were the “Highland Clearances”, as some have suggested, a form of ethnic cleansing, even a Scottish holocaust? These are the questions that Tom Devine, in his wide-ranging, sober and sometimes surprising new history, seeks to address.

There are two problems with adaptation and re-telling. The wrath of the readers will descend upon you if you alter the essential elements, and the weight of interest will fall not on what happens but the point of view from which the story is told

A cradle Catholic, Elizabeth Jennings reached for the numinous and the mystical, never allowing anything to stop her writing. Even during periods of severe mental illness and suicidal despair, she wrote on and on.

01 November 2018 | by Fiona Sampson

A guide to gulls – and much, much more

Tim Dee's Landfill is about much more than gulls. It’s also an essay on “big questions. When do people – or objects – cease to have value?”

01 November 2018

Speed Reading

Gerri Chanel’s Saving Mona Lisa (Icon Books, £20; Tablet price £18) is a brilliant piece of storytelling explaining how the masterpieces of the Louvre escaped Göring’s mantelpiece and Himmler’s walls

24 October 2018 | by Frances Spalding

Boldy having it out with God

Nineteen modern writers, including Samuel Beckett, Stevie Smith and William Golding, tussle with faith

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