Books

Wilkie Collins by Andrew Lycett - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

In the outrageous 2010 press hounding of the innocent schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies over the murder of his young female tenant…

The Story of the Jews, by Simon Schama - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

The recorder of early Jewish history has two sources of evidence. One is the Bible. Its centrality was brought home…

Isaac & Isaiah, by David Caute - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

The scene is the common room of All Souls College, Oxford, in the first week of March 1963. It is…

What’s in a Surname, by David McKie - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

In South Korea, some 20 million people share just five surnames. Every one of Denmark’s top 20 surnames ends in…

Bizarre Cars, by Keith Ray - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

My various Oxford dictionaries define bizarre as eccentric, whimsical, odd, grotesque, fantastic, mixed in style and half-barbaric. By so many…

Royal Marriage Secrets, by John Ashdown-Hill - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

My brother Pericles Wyatt, as my father liked to say, is by blood the rightful king of England, the nephew…

Stage Blood, by Michael Blakemore - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Stage Blood, as its title suggests, is as full of vitriol, back-stabbing and conspiracy as any Jacobean tragedy. In this…

Pine by Laura Mason; Lily, by Marcia Reiss - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

After the success of their animal series of monographs, Reaktion Books have had the clever idea of doing something similar…

Hanns and Rudolf, by Thomas Harding - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Confronted by this lavishly endorsed book — ‘compelling’ (David Lodge), ‘gripping’(John le Carré),‘thrilling’ (Jonathan Freedland) — I felt depressed. Two…

An Appetite for Wonder, by Richard Dawkins - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

It is peculiarly apt that the author of this autobiography should be the man who coined that now fashionable term…

Poker

21 September 2013 9:00 am

To DadYou wonder if it’s worth the gamble getting up out of your armchair onto your bad leg, to stoke…

Expo 58, by Jonathan Coe - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

In 1958 a vast international trade fair was held just outside Brussels. As well as being a showcase for industry,…

Why does Max Hastings have such a hatred for the British military?

14 September 2013 9:00 am

One of the great problems for any historian writing of 1914 and the slide into conflict is that everyone knows…

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…