Caroline Moore

A passion for moths – and the thrill of the chase

29 April 2023 9:00 am

Katty Baird braves the cliffs and wind-blasted moors of East Lothian to identify as many species of these maligned insects as possible

How chilling ghost stories became a Christmas tradition

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A chilling Victorian tradition

There is nothing cosy about Penelope Lively

4 December 2021 9:00 am

At one time, Penelope Lively was routinely shortchanged by critics. Her protagonists are often middle-class professionals — historians, archeologists, scriptwriters…

Working remotely: five formidable female anthropologists

10 April 2021 9:00 am

I was first sent a version of Undreamed Shores: The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology in June last year. I…

The sex life of the Monarch butterfly is positively wild

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Wendy Williams is an enthusiast, and enthusiasm is infectious. Lepidoptery is for her a new fascination, and it shows. On…

A late developer, like her central character: Tessa Hadley at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival

The subversive, Austenesque wit of ‘Late in the Day’, by Tessa Hadley

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Tessa Hadley is not the sort of writer to land the Booker Prize, which tends to reward writers from ‘anywhere’…

Portrait of Stendhal by Giuseppe Amisani

100 Best Novels in Translation is a surprisingly sumptious read

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Boyd Tonkin is superbly qualified to compile this volume. As literary editor of the Independent, he revived that newspaper’s foreign…

The Friendly Ones: a novel about prejudice of all kinds:

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Readers should skim past the blurb of The Friendly Ones. The novel is about prejudice, of many different kinds; but…

Well of sorrows

2 September 2017 9:00 am

The Red-haired Woman is shorter than Orhan Pamuk’s best-known novels, and is, in comparison, pared down, written with deliberate simplicity…

A Girl in Exile: Ismail Kadare’s novel is full of absence

26 March 2016 9:00 am

My last review for The Spectator was of Julian Barnes’s biographical novel about Shostakovitch. A Girl in Exile also depicts…

The tortured genius of Shostakovich

23 January 2016 9:00 am

When I look at the black-and-white photograph of Julian Barnes on the flap of his latest book, the voice of…

Author William Boyd (Photo: Getty)

For William Boyd's war-photographer heroine, life is a series of accidents

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Amory Clay, photographer and photo-journalist, was born in 1908, only two years after Logan Mountstuart, writer, poseur and ‘scribivelard’. Amory…

An epic journey (in Hobson-Jobsonese) through the first Opium War to the British seizure of Hong Kong

23 May 2015 9:00 am

T.H. White complained that the characters in Walter Scott’s historical novels talked ‘like imitation warming pans’: those in Amitav Ghosh’s…

Lurid & Cute is too true to its title

24 January 2015 9:00 am

One of the duties of a reviewer is to alert potential readers to the flavour and content of a book,…

Antonello da Messina’s ‘Condottiere’: the compelling face of a supremely confident man

Which great French novelist was also a crossword-setter?

15 November 2014 9:00 am

One could have endless fun setting quiz questions about Georges Perec. Which French novelist had a scientific paper, ‘Experimental demonstration…

An escape from New South Wales

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Thomas Keneally has constructed his latest novel around a framework of true events: the mass break-out of Japanese PoWs from…

The Roth of tenderness and of rage

4 January 2014 9:00 am

In the autumn of 2012, Philip Roth told a French magazine that his latest book, Nemesis, would be his last.…

Multiples, edited by Adam Thirlwell - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

There is a hoary Cold War joke about a newly invented translating machine. On a test run, the CIA scientists…