Books

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood - review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The two opening volumes of Margaret Atwood’s trilogy have sold over a million copies. One of them managed to be…

Heaven

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Perhaps Heaven is like being foreign abroad where even the groceries appear exotic. All is before you exactly as it…

There and Then: Personal Terms 6, by Frederic Raphael - review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Frederic Raphael is forensic in his description of the failures of successful people. He is enviously superior and he is…

L'Enfant Sauvage

Francois Truffaut, by Anne Gillian - review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Almost 30 years after his death, François Truffaut remains a vital presence in the cinema. Terrence Malick and Wes Anderson…

The Red Road by Denise Mina- review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Denise Mina’s 11th crime novel, The Red Road (Orion, £12.99), is one of her best, which is saying a good…

Russian Roulette, by Giles Milton - review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Had Onan not spilled his seed upon the ground, he might have invented invisible ink. The possibility had not occurred…

Canal boat

Chaplin & Company, by Mave Fellowes - review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The unlikely heroine of Mave Fellowes’s Chaplin & Company (Cape, £16.99) is a highly-strung, posh-speaking, buttoned-up 18-year-old with the unhelpful…

Trying to keep afloat

29 August 2013 1:00 pm

The unlikely heroine of Mave Fellowes’s Chaplin & Company (Cape, £16.99) is a highly-strung, posh-speaking, buttoned-up 18-year-old with the unhelpful…

Canal boat

Trying to keep afloat

29 August 2013 1:00 pm

The unlikely heroine of Mave Fellowes’s Chaplin & Company (Cape, £16.99) is a highly-strung, posh-speaking, buttoned-up 18-year-old with the unhelpful…

Books and Arts

24 August 2013 9:00 am

The Huguenots, by Geoffrey Treasure - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

France’s early 21st-century Protestants are eco-friendly, gender-sensitised and respectful of the Fifth Republic’s laïcité. But their ancestors were a less…

This Town, by Mark Leibovich - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Many books have been written about the corruption, venality and incestuousness that characterise Washington DC, but none has been as…

Red or Dead by David Peace - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

The last time David Peace wrote a novel about football he got his publishers sued for libel, which may help…

A Classless Society, by Alwyn W. Turner - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

The title of Alwyn W. Turner’s book could deter readers. Even the Hollywood film The Secret Lives of Dentists promised…

Paul Bowles

Tangier, by Josh Shoemake - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

This may sound a little orientalist, but Tangier has some claim to being the most foreign city in the world.…

The Good Nurse, by Charles Graeber - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Charles Cullen, an American nurse, murdered several hundred patients by the administration in overdose of restricted drugs. Hospitals should be…

The Rainborowes, by Adrian Tinniswood - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Adrian Tinniswood, so gifted and spirited a communicator of serious history to a wide readership, here brings a number of…

A Rogues’ Gallery, by Peter Lewis - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Like Mel Brooks’s character the Two Thousand-Year-Old Man, Peter Lewis has met everyone of consequence. Though he doesn’t mention being…

Philip Hensher reviews the Man Booker prize longlist

24 August 2013 9:00 am

The Man Booker prize has strong years and weak years. There have been ones when the judges have succeeded in…

The Email About Writing the Poem

24 August 2013 9:00 am

I’ve been occupying myself trying to write a long-ish poem. It’s an odd sensation writing a poem. You’re trying to…

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, edited by Andrew Jewell - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Willa Cather is an American novelist without name-recognition in Europe, yet she had a wider range of subject and deeper…

A Bright Moon for Fools, by Jasper Gibson - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Harry Christmas, the central character of this bitterly funny debut novel, is a middle- aged, overweight alcoholic, with no friends…

An Armenian Sketchbook, by Vasily Grossman - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Vasily Grossman, a Ukranian-born Jew, was a war correspondent for the Soviet army newspaper Red Star. His dispatches from the…

Migration Hotspots, by Tim Harris - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Consider for a moment the plight of the willow warbler. Russian birds of this species fly between eastern Siberia and…

Bitter Experience Has Taught Me, by Nicholas Lezard - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

What, really, is a literary education for? What’s the point of it? How, precisely, does it help when you’re another…