Books

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…

Decorous Confessions

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Unexpectedly, he made a sober success with his self-published book of decorous confessions. It eschewed turmoil in the bedchamber and…

As Green as Grass, by Emma Smith - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The title, the subtitle, the author’s plain name, even the jacket’s photograph of a laughing old lady in sunglasses: none…

Marie Duplessis

The Girl Who Loved Camellias, by Julie Kavanagh - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Verdi’s La Traviata is the story of a courtesan who is redeemed when she gives up the man she loves…

Queen Victoria

The Coronation Chair and the Stone of Scone, by Warwick Rodwell - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The Coronation Chair currently stands all spruced up, following last year’s conservation, under a crimson canopy, by the west entrance…

They Eat Horses, Don’t They?, by Piu Marie Eatwell - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Oh the French! Where would the Anglo publishing industry be without them? Ever since Peter Mayle first made goo-goo eyes…

Books and Arts

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Tudor, by Leanda de Lisle - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

As parvenus, the Tudors were unsurpassed. In the early 15th century no one would have predicted that within a couple…

Reflections on a Metaphysical Flaneur, by Raymond Tallis - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

There are books we read for pleasure and there are books we are paid to review. However enjoyable the books…

A Corner of Paradise, by Brian Thompson - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Author has late-blossoming romance with authoress, both divorcees, and they live together in a cramped house in Harrogate full of…

The Modern Peasant, by JoJo Tulloch - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

You know that something’s afoot when Lakeland says so. Lakeland is the kitchenware company which has more of a finger…

Island, by J. Edward Chamberlin - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

‘Tom Island’ — that was the name I was given once by a girl I met on an island in…

A Stone in the Shade, by Violet Powell - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Evelyn Waugh once recalled the anguish with which he greeted Edith Sitwell’s announcement that ‘Mr Waugh, you may call me…

The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic, by Henry Buckley - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

With Spain’s economic crisis in the forefront of global news, it would be fascinating to see what a reporter of…

A Trip to Echo Spring, by Olivia Laing - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

The boozer’s life is one of low self-esteem and squalid self-denial. It was memorably evoked by Charles Jackson in his…

Death by Dior, by Terry Cooper - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

This book may sound like it’s going to be about high fashion, but it’s actually about Nazism, satanism, incest and…

Holy Orders, by Benjamin Black - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s always a little disconcerting for the rest of us when literary novelists turn to crime. Have they become different…

Country Boy, by Richard Hillyer - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Under his real name, Charles James Stranks, the author of this little masterpiece wrote on a number of ecclesiastical subjects:…

Books and Arts

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Glorious Misadventures, by Owen Mathews - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

So: Russia’s imperial possessions on the Pacific North West of America. Remember those? No. Me neither. Something vague about the…