James Walton

A woman of substance: Maggie Gyllenhaal as the saintly Nessa

The Honourable Woman could have done with some help from an overpaid executive in a suit

5 July 2014 9:00 am

BBC2’s The Honourable Woman (Thursday) began with a rather portentous voice-over bringing us the unsurprising news that ‘We all have…

The girl who had sex with dolphins

21 June 2014 9:00 am

BBC4’s The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins (Tuesday) began with the overstated-sounding claim that it would be tackling ‘perhaps the…

Those weren't the days

21 June 2014 8:00 am

If you wanted a brief epigraph for Linda Grant’s recent fiction, then five words from Dorothy Parker might well do…

Is BBC1’s Quirke bravely unhurried – or too slow?

7 June 2014 9:00 am

The work of John Banville — Booker-winning novelist and impeccably high-minded literary critic — might seem an unlikely source for…

So Dylan Thomas was a drunk: does this TV drama have anything else to say?

24 May 2014 9:00 am

According to its executive producer Griff Rhys Jones, A Poet in New York (BBC2, Sunday) sought to rescue Dylan Thomas…

Jack Bauer hits, er, West Ealing

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Whatever worries Kiefer Sutherland may have had about reprising the role of Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day (Sky1,…

John Crace digested – twice

3 May 2014 9:00 am

Fiction ‘So how come we’re in the same book?’ Paul from The Stranger’s Child asked Florence from On Chesil Beach.…

Caught between a New Age rock and a theory junkie hard place

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Siri Hustvedt’s new novel isn’t exactly an easy read — but the casual bookshop browser should be reassured that it’s…

The Windsor Faction, by D.J. Taylor - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

In both his novels and non-fiction, D. J. Taylor has long been fascinated by the period between the wars. Now…

Lion Heart by Justin Cartwright - review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Justin Cartwright is famously a fan of John Updike — and here he seems to owe a definite debt to…

The People’s Songs, by Stuart Maconie - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

For Stuart Maconie fans, this book might sound as if it’ll be his masterpiece. In his earlier memoirs and travelogues,…