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The gospel of separation according to Malcolm X

24 October 2020 9:00 am

In late April 1962 Los Angeles police shot and killed an unarmed black man, Ronald X Stokes, during a disturbance…

Sarah Maslin Nir enjoys the rides of a lifetime

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The appeal of a book called Horse Crazy risks being limited to those who are. Yet many moments in Sarah…

The scholars who solved the riddles in the sands

24 October 2020 9:00 am

In 1835 the first two Egyptian antiquities were registered in the British Museum: a pair of red granite lions from…

Cyber apocalypse: The Silence, by Don DeLillo, reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Elaborated over a writing career that spans half a century — a career crowned with every honour save the Nobel…

The power behind The Few: Rolls-Royce’s Merlin engine

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Eighty years ago this summer Britain was facing its greatest moment of peril as Göring’s Luftwaffe attacked airfields, cities and…

Looking for love: Ghosts, by Dolly Alderton

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Of all the successful modern female writers documenting their search for love, none has been as endearing as Dolly Alderton.…

We should never take our daily bread for granted

24 October 2020 9:00 am

In the seventh and final chapter of this small but lingeringly powerful book, the author reveals his motivation for writing…

Ivan Morozov: the Russian businessman with a passion for the avant-garde

24 October 2020 9:00 am

If you want to see the very best of Gauguin and Matisse, go east. That was the case in 1914…

A Jack Reacher travesty: The Sentinel, by Lee Child and Andrew Child, reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

So upsetting it would have been, for those of us who rate Lee Child’s Jack Reacher thrillers so highly, if…

Euthanasia sitcom: What Are You Going Through, by Sigrid Nunez, reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

What Are You Going Through is both brilliant and mercifully brief. Weighing in at 200-odd pages, it can be read…

Playing devil’s advocate: a Mexican historian defends the Conquistadors

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Many books claim to describe junctures that changed the world but few examine ones as consequential as Conquistadores: A New…

Lacrimae rerum: That Old Country Music, by Kevin Barry, reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Some of my happiest fiction-reading hours have been spent in the company of Kevin Barry: two short-story collections, both prize-winners,…

From cheeky mop tops to long-haired holy men: The Beatles come of age in America

17 October 2020 9:00 am

In his latest book, the veteran pop commentator David Hepworth is concerned with satisfaction, its acquisition and maintenance. On record,…

A passion for pastiche: China’s Potemkin villages

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Closely inspect No. 23 Leinster Terrace, Bayswater and you might notice the house has no letter box. Push at the…

Diplomatic daughters go behind the scenes at Yalta

17 October 2020 9:00 am

From Downing Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, history’s powerful inter-family influencers, whether spouses or children, have long operated behind weighty political…

Victoria Wood: stiletto in an oven glove

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Even if you didn’t have an Auntie Dot in Cockermouth (the one who ate a raffia drinks coaster, mistaking it…

How the International Brigades were ‘thrown into the heart of the fire’

17 October 2020 9:00 am

During the Spanish civil war of 1936 to 1939, 35,000 men and women from around the world volunteered to fight…

Older and grumpier: A Song for the Dark Times, by Ian Rankin, reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

By my reckoning, this is the 24th outing for John Rebus, Scotland’s best known retired police officer. One of the…

Dublin double act: Love, by Roddy Doyle, reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Far be it from me to utter a word against the patron saint of Dublin pubs, Roddy Doyle. Granted he’s…

‘I wonder about his humanity’: Malcolm McDowell on Stanley Kubrick

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Twenty-five years after making Spartacus, a parable of Roman decadence and rebellious slaves shot in California, Stanley Kubrick made Full…

Helen Macdonald could charm the birds out of the trees

10 October 2020 9:00 am

When Helen Macdonald was a child, she had a way of calming herself during moments of stress: closing her eyes,…

Break-out and betrayal in Occupied Europe

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Für dich, Tommy, ist der Krieg vorbei. However, many British servicemen, officers especially, didn’t want their war to be over.…

Appearances are deceptive: Trio, by William Boyd, reviewed

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Talbot Kydd, film producer; Anny Viklund, American actress; Elfrida Wing, novelist; these make the trio of the title. Private lives…

Breakdown in Berlin: Red Pill, by Hari Kunzru, reviewed

10 October 2020 9:00 am

‘I was what they call an “independent scholar”’, confides the narrator of Hari Kunzru’s Red Pill, a middle-aged writer from…

Shock and awe — what should we make of our Viking ancestors?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

In June 793, a raiding force arrived by boat at the island monastery of Lindisfarne, on the Northumbrian coast. The…