Books

Bookends: Corpses in the coal hole

30 July 2011 10:00 am

Ruth Rendell has probably pulled more surprises on her readers than any other crime writer. But the one she produces…

Bookends: A friend of mine

23 July 2011 10:00 am

A friend of mine was throttled by Pete Postlethwaite once. It was outside a TV studio, people were smoking and…

Bookends

16 July 2011 10:00 am

I like books with weather and there’s plenty in this one, all bad, which is even better. Set in London…

Bookends: Scourge of New Labour

9 July 2011 10:00 am

Like all politicians, Bob Marshall-Andrews is fond of quoting himself, and Off Message (Profile Books, £16.99) includes a generous selection…

Bookends: Not just for Christmas

2 July 2011 10:00 am

Sticky at Christmas, packed in serried rows around a plastic twig in an oval-ended paper-wrapped box with a picture of…

Bookends: Venice improper

25 June 2011 10:00 am

Books about Venice are almost as numerous as gondolas on the Grand Canal, but Robin Saikia is the first to…

Bookends: When will there be good news?

18 June 2011 10:00 am

I am in love with Jackson Brodie. Does this mean that, in a literary homoerotic twist, I am actually in…

Bookends: Lowe and behold

11 June 2011 10:00 am

It is 1979. You are a 15-year-old boy starring in a hit US television show. You’ve seen the crowds of…

Bookends: Bloodbath

4 June 2011 10:00 am

It may have been first published in 1973, but reading it again in Persephone Books’ elegant re-print, Adam Fergusson’s The…

Bookends

28 May 2011 10:00 am

In the summer of 2003, in a bar in Malta, George Best was approached by a man holding a paper…

Bookends: The voice of the lobster

21 May 2011 10:00 am

In existence for over 250 millions years, lobsters come in two distinct varieties, ‘clawed and clawless’. Human predators tend to…

Bookends: Unbalanced chorus

14 May 2011 10:00 am

Imagine a 77-year-old woman hanging around, say, Leicester bus station, telling people about her life. She confides her belief that…