Books

Shire, by Ali Smith - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Pastoral elegy is not what you expect to find in a collection of short stories, but then Ali Smith is…

Birds & People, by Mark Cocker - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

‘A world without birds would lay waste the human heart,’ writes Mark Cocker. Following his Birds Britannica and prize-winning Crow…

Books and Arts

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Books and arts

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Edwardian Opulence, edited by Angus Trumble - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

She sits there on the cover exuding sex and wealth and a certain knowingness. Mrs Lionel Phillips, who came from…

Wreaking, by James Scudamore - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

An abandoned lunatic asylum, a nasty pornographer in a wheelchair, a bizarre glass-ceilinged viewing dome beneath a scummy lake, a…

The Breath of Night, by Michael Arditti

27 July 2013 9:00 am

There is always meat in Michael Arditti’s novels. He is a writer who presents moral problems via fiction but is…

Finn Dean

Looking at Books by John Sutherland - essay

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The sexy thing this summer, as the TV ads tell us, is the e-book. Forget those old 1,000-page blockbusters, two…

Niccolo Machiavelli, by Corrado Vivanti; The Garments of Court and Palace, by Philip Bobbitt

27 July 2013 9:00 am

One more anniversary, one more cache of commemorative books. This time we are celebrating the half-millennium since Niccolò Machiavelli produced…

The Annals of Unsolved Crime, by Edward Jay Epstein - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Edward Jay Epstein is an American investigative journalist, now in his late seventies, who has spent at least half a…

Land of Second Chances, by Tim Lewis - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

This is a book about Rwanda. It’s a book about cycling. But it’s not, in the end, a book about…

Waiting for the Train

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Early spring cherry blossom by the tracks — so prim and so dirty, all at once. The bees must be…

Things a conductor can do with his left hand

What do conductors actually do? Review of 'Inside Conducting' by Christopher Seaman

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Conductors love telling stories, especially stories about other conductors, and every chapter of this otherwise determinedly pragmatic book begins with…

Books and Arts

20 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Imperial Federation showing the map of the world, British Empire’, by Captain J.C. Colombo, c.1886 (Royal Geographical Society, London)

Churchill and Empire, by Lawrence James - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

A fraught subject, this, and one which makes it difficult to sustain undiluted admiration for Churchill. Lawrence James is the…

The Long Shadow, by Mark Mills - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Mark Mills is known for his historical and literary crime novels, including The Savage Garden, The Information Officer and House…

The People’s Songs, by Stuart Maconie - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

For Stuart Maconie fans, this book might sound as if it’ll be his masterpiece. In his earlier memoirs and travelogues,…

The World is Ever Changing, by Nicolas Roeg - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Value and worth in any of the arts has always been about timing,’ writes British director Nicolas Roeg at the…

Saving Italy, by Robert M. Edsel - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

During the civil war, the Puritan iconoclast William Dowsing recorded with satisfaction his destructive visit in 1644 to the parish…

Granta Best of Young British Novelists 4 - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

This year marks the fourth Granta ‘Best of Young British novelists’, begun in 1983, but it is the first time…

Sane New World, by Ruby Wax - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Ruby Wax, who is best known as a comedian, dedicates this book ‘to my mind, which at one point left…

Siempre

20 July 2013 9:00 am

After Neruda Facing you I am not jealous. If you arrived with a man on your back, or a hundred…

Across the Pond, by Terry Eagleton - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

The esteemed literary critic, serial academic and one-time Marxist firebrand Terry Eagleton is, at 70, still producing books at an…

Notes from a big country

18 July 2013 1:00 pm

The esteemed literary critic, serial academic and one-time Marxist firebrand Terry Eagleton is, at 70, still producing books at an…

Notes from a big country

18 July 2013 1:00 pm

The esteemed literary critic, serial academic and one-time Marxist firebrand Terry Eagleton is, at 70, still producing books at an…