Books

Jane Gardam on Barbara Comyns - essay

6 July 2013 9:00 am

The Vet’s Daughter is Barbara Comyns’s fourth and most startling novel. Written in 1959 when she was 50 it is…

Reasons to be angry

20 June 2013 1:00 pm

As a teenager in the 1980s I liked Jimmy Connors. This meant parking my not inconsiderable jealousy that he’d once…

Reasons to be angry

20 June 2013 1:00 pm

As a teenager in the 1980s I liked Jimmy Connors. This meant parking my not inconsiderable jealousy that he’d once…

All our Yesterdays

23 May 2013 1:00 pm

Too many Beatles books? In my house there’s always room for one more, and this week’s addition is All Together…

The Beatles

All our Yesterdays

23 May 2013 1:00 pm

Too many Beatles books? In my house there’s always room for one more, and this week’s addition is All Together…

Not so serenissima

25 April 2013 1:00 pm

Master your disappointment. The Politics of Washing: Real Life in Venice (Hale, £9.99) is as far from the fantasy-relocation genre…

Not so serenissima

25 April 2013 1:00 pm

Master your disappointment. The Politics of Washing: Real Life in Venice (Hale, £9.99) is as far from the fantasy-relocation genre…

Byronic intensity

18 April 2013 1:00 pm

A year before he died from emphysema in 1990, the composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein agreed to be interviewed by the music…

Byronic intensity

18 April 2013 1:00 pm

A year before he died from emphysema in 1990, the composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein agreed to be interviewed by the music…

On the snail trail

4 April 2013 2:00 pm

Snails are supposed to hate eggshells. Not the ones in Ruth Brooks’s garden. They clamber over the barrier as though…

On the snail trail

4 April 2013 2:00 pm

Snails are supposed to hate eggshells. Not the ones in Ruth Brooks’s garden. They clamber over the barrier as though…

Evil under the sun

28 March 2013 2:00 pm

The plot of The Quickening (Arrow/ Hammer, £9.99) by Julie Myerson (pictured) revolves around pregnant, newlywed Rachel and her sinister…

Evil under the sun

28 March 2013 2:00 pm

The plot of The Quickening (Arrow/ Hammer, £9.99) by Julie Myerson (pictured) revolves around pregnant, newlywed Rachel and her sinister…

Blue-sky dreaming

21 March 2013 2:00 pm

We don’t have an extreme climate, says Richard Mabey in Turned Out Nice Again (Profile, £8.99). We don’t have tsunamis,…

Blue-sky dreaming

21 March 2013 2:00 pm

We don’t have an extreme climate, says Richard Mabey in Turned Out Nice Again (Profile, £8.99). We don’t have tsunamis,…

All is not lost

14 March 2013 2:00 pm

Phyllida Law has a delightfully natural style, a gift for anecdote and the knack of seeing the funny side of…

All is not lost

14 March 2013 2:00 pm

Phyllida Law has a delightfully natural style, a gift for anecdote and the knack of seeing the funny side of…

A hero of folk

7 February 2013 2:00 pm

‘This Machine Kills Fascists’ was the ambitious slogan that Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) painted on his guitars. By fascists he meant…

A hero of folk

7 February 2013 2:00 pm

‘This Machine Kills Fascists’ was the ambitious slogan that Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) painted on his guitars. By fascists he meant…

Down to a T

31 January 2013 2:00 pm

There are normally three problems with reviews of books which, like This is the Way by Gavin Corbett (Fourth Estate,…

Down to a T

31 January 2013 2:00 pm

There are normally three problems with reviews of books which, like This is the Way by Gavin Corbett (Fourth Estate,…

Growing old disgracefully

17 January 2013 2:00 pm

Virginia Ironside’s novel, No! I Don’t Need Reading Glasses (Quercus £14.99) about a 65-year-old granny who belongs to a local…

Virginia Ironside

Growing old disgracefully

17 January 2013 2:00 pm

Virginia Ironside’s novel, No! I Don’t Need Reading Glasses (Quercus £14.99) about a 65-year-old granny who belongs to a local…

Knowing your onions

11 January 2013 4:00 am

Having fried your leeks in butter, form them into a poultice and apply it to your backside. No, not Heston…

Knowing your onions

11 January 2013 4:00 am

Having fried your leeks in butter, form them into a poultice and apply it to your backside. No, not Heston…