Books

The Prince of medicine, by Susan P. Mattern - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

In the first draft of the screenplay for the film Gladiator, the character to be played by Russell Crowe (‘father…

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…

Noble Endeavours, by Miranda Seymour - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Like Miranda Seymour, the author of this considerable work on Anglo-German relations, I was raised in a Germanophile home. I…

Building a Bridge

14 September 2013 9:00 am

I didn’t even have to say: No need to explain, I understand. It was in his look — Look after…

Narcoland, by Anabel Hernandez - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

It is by now surely beyond doubt that those governments committed to fighting the war on drugs — and on…

The Tragedy of Liberation, by Frank Dikötter - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The historian of China Frank Dikötter has taken a sledgehammer to demolish perhaps the last remaining shibboleth of modern Chinese…

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…

The World According to Karl, edited by Jean-Christophe Napias - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Every fashion era has its monster and in ours it’s Karl Lagerfeld, a man who has so emptied himself on…

Uncle Bill, by Russell Miller - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Given the outcome of recent military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is pertinent to look for one particular quality…

Signifying Rappers, by David Foster Wallace - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Since his suicide, David Foster Wallace has made the transition from major writer to major industry. Hence this UK issue…

Mr Loverman, by Bernardine Evaristo - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

In 1998, the Jamaican singer Bounty Killer released a single, ‘Can’t Believe Mi Eyes’, which expressed incredulity that men should…

The Mitford Girls’ Guide to Life, by Lyndsy Spence - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

For some reason you don’t expect people to be fans of the Mitford sisters, as others are fans of Doctor…

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14 September 2013 9:00 am

Helpful hints for Holloway

12 September 2013 1:00 pm

For some reason you don’t expect people to be fans of the Mitford sisters, as others are fans of Doctor…

Helpful hints for Holloway

12 September 2013 1:00 pm

For some reason you don’t expect people to be fans of the Mitford sisters, as others are fans of Doctor…

Danubia, by Simon Winder - review

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Why do we know so little about the Habsburg empire, given that it is the prime formative influence on modern…

Almost English, by Charlotte Mendelson - review

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Novels about growing up have two great themes: loss of innocence and the forging of identity. With this sparky, sharp-eyed…

419 by Will Ferguson - review

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The term ‘419’ is drawn from the article in the Nigerian penal code that addresses fraud. However, it has transcended…

Olivier, by Philip Ziegler - review

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Philip Ziegler is best known for his biographies, often official, of politicians, royalty  and soldiers. They include Harold Wilson, Edward…

The Downfall of Money, by Frederick Taylor - review

7 September 2013 9:00 am

In Germany in 1923 money was losing its value so fast that the state printing works could not keep up.…

E.O. Wilson has a new explanation for consciousness, art & religion. Is it credible?

7 September 2013 9:00 am

His publishers describe this ‘ground-breaking book on evolution’ by ‘the most celebrated living heir to Darwin’ as ‘the summa work…

Salinger, by David Shields - review

7 September 2013 9:00 am

This biography has somewhat more news value than most literary biographies. Its subject worked hard to ensure that. After 1965,…

The Broken Road, by Patrick Leigh Fermor - review

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Sound the trumpets. Let rip the Byzantine chorus of clattering bells and gongs, the thunder of cannons, drums and flashing…

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