A.S.H. Smyth

The great American trauma in minute detail

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Why, I asked some months back in these pages, do the protagonists in American fiction these days seem so lost?…

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The end of the world is nigh: the latest short stories reviewed

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Only Helen DeWitt would start a book with an epigraph of her own pop-culture mash-up poetry and end with an…

The B-side of The English Patient? Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje, reviewed

9 June 2018 9:00 am

In 1945, on a Putney side street, in a city full of darkness and half in rubble from the Blitz,…

The execution of mutineers by the Bengal Horse Artillery, in a painting by Orlando Norie

Did the reprisals following the Indian mutiny seal Britain’s fate in the subcontinent?

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Many and various are the things one finds in Kentish pubs (I’m told); but few could top the sepoy’s skull…

A master of Norwegian wood

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Ole Thorstensen has been a carpenter for 25 years. A master craftsman, in fact. He is busy working on a…