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Alexandra Shulman’s unlikely career in fashion journalism should have made a Hollywood movie

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Alexandra Shulman says that she had ‘no desire to write an autobiography’ — so instead she has written about her…

Mysteries of English village life: Creeping Jenny, by Jeff Noon, reviewed

18 April 2020 9:00 am

I doubt whether any book would entice me more than a horrible hybrid of crimefiction, speculative fantasy, weird religion and…

There’s no single trick to making money — just resist a noble calling

18 April 2020 9:00 am

‘Beauty is pain,’ the model Gigi Hadid asserts. She’s one of the successful, rich people quizzed by William Leith in…

Our rivers, as much as our oceans, are in urgent need of protection

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Geography can be history and history geography — and sometimes the most obvious things are overlooked. Laurence C. Smith’s Rivers…

The dirt on King David: Anointed, by Michael Arditti, reviewed

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Michael Arditti has never held back from difficult or unfashionable subjects. His dozen novels, including the prize-winning Easter, as well…

We all need to be let alone —not just Greta Garbo

18 April 2020 9:00 am

‘You’re never alone with a Strand,’ went the misbegotten advertisement for a new cigarette in 1959. What the copywriter didn’t…

Kashrut dietary laws are ill-suited to lactose-intolerant Jews

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Until fairly recently, all over the western world there were specialised eating places catering largely for Jews who respected the…

Sinister toy story: Little Eyes, by Samanta Schweblin, reviewed

18 April 2020 9:00 am

We often hear that science fiction — or ‘speculative’ fiction, as the buffs prefer — can draw premonitory outlines of…

It’s still impossible for Horst Wächter to recognise his father as a Nazi war criminal

18 April 2020 9:00 am

In 1926, while putting in place the repressive laws and decrees that would define his dictatorship, Mussolini appointed a new…

Heated debate over Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition

18 April 2020 9:00 am

How refreshing in a time of general sensitivity to find a book intended to infuriate and debunk. Welcome to the…

Is the world speeding up or slowing down? Depending on your politics, you can argue either way

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Ah well. It was a nice try. A few years ago I wrote a book called The Great Acceleration, arguing…

Consigned to a living tomb: Aziz BineBine endures 18 years in a subterranean prison

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Imagine being on indefinite lockdown, imprisoned in a dark, underground, 6’ x 12’ cell, freezing in winter, boiling in summer…

The nightmare of Okinawa made Truman decide to use the atom bomb

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The US operation of 1945 to take the island of Okinawa was the largest battle of the Pacific during the…

Globalisation is scarcely new: it dates back to the year 1000

11 April 2020 9:00 am

In Japan, people thought the world would end in 1052. In the decades leading up to judgment day, Kyoto was…

For Ravi Shankar, music was a sort of religion

11 April 2020 9:00 am

When musicians from outside the Anglo-American pop mainstream achieve success in the West, there are conflicting reactions. Seun Kuti, the…

Britain can be as prone to fascism as any other nation

11 April 2020 9:00 am

It’s easy to dismiss the fascistic ideologues who populate Graham Macklin’s book as reactionary cranks of no significance. It’s also…

A paranormal romance that seems to go nowhere: NVK, by Temple Drake, reviewed

11 April 2020 9:00 am

NVK, which is the IATA (International Air Transport Association) code for Narvik’s old airport, is in this instance Naemi Vieno…

The trade in cadavers is rife with scandal

11 April 2020 9:00 am

John Troyer, the director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath, has moves. You can…

The devastating effects of bigamy: Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones, reviewed

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Conservative estimates place the number of those in America with more than one spouse as up to 100,000, but the…

There’s nothing romantic about Cornish fishermen, whatever tales they may spin

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Lamorna Ash came to the fishing port of Newlyn in south-west Cornwall to write a memoir. This is not unusual.…

At last, a novel about the art world that rings true: Annalena Mcfee’s Nightshade reviewed

4 April 2020 9:00 am

On a winter’s night an artist of moderately exalted reputation and in lateish middle age journeys across London, away from…

Has Notre-Dame ever been a symbol of unity for the French?

4 April 2020 9:00 am

From the kitchen of her apartment on the Quai de la Tournelle in Paris, the journalist and broadcaster Agnès Poirier…

Annie Ernaux looks back at her teenage self – and sees a stranger

4 April 2020 9:00 am

How can you recover the teenage girl you were? Not just recall the memories and recount the events — this…

His son’s death may have inspired some of Shakespeare’s greatest lines, but he never recovered from the loss

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Maggie O’Farrell is much possessed by death. Her first novel, After You’d Gone (2000), chronicled the inner life of a…

When six of her 12 children went mad, Mimi Galvin did her best to make to light of it

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Don Galvin and Mimi Blayney married in December 1944. It was a shotgun wedding. They had been high school sweethearts.…