Books

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…

Disraeli, by Douglas Hurd; The Great Rivalry, by Dick Leonard - review

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Sam Leith finds shades of Jeffrey Archer and Boris Johnson in the 19th-century prime minister

The Charleston Bulletin Supplements, by Virginia Woolf and Quentin Bell

13 July 2013 9:00 am

The Charleston Bulletin was a family newspaper produced between 1923 and 1927 by the teenaged Quentin Bell and his elder…

Building: Letters, 1960–1975, by Isaiah Berlin

13 July 2013 9:00 am

This is the third volume of Isaiah Berlin letters; one more to go. Discerning critics have showered the first two…

Rousseau and the Tiger

13 July 2013 9:00 am

This is the Tiger and this is Rousseau. This is the picture I painted to show That this is the…

Seaweeds, by Ole G. Mouritsen - review

13 July 2013 9:00 am

On 14 April each year, nori fishermen gather on a hillside overlooking Ariake Bay on Kyushu in southern Japan to…

The history girl

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Ronald Knox, found awake aged four by a nanny, was asked what he was thinking about, and he replied ‘the…

Pearl Witherington

She Landed by Moonlight, by Carole Seymour-Jones - review

13 July 2013 9:00 am

The subtitle of Carole Seymour-Jones’s quietly moving biography of the brilliant SOE agent Pearl Witherington is ‘the real Charlotte Gray’.…

how to get a life

13 July 2013 9:00 am

just to tell you there is nothing better almost nothing better than getting into bed in the middle of the…

The Unwinding, by George Packer - review

13 July 2013 9:00 am

The Unwinding is a rather classy addition to the thriving genre of American apocalypse porn. The basic thesis can be…

The Authors XI, by The Authors Cricket Club - review

13 July 2013 9:00 am

We were never going to get ‘come to the party’ or ‘a hundred and ten per cent’ from The Authors…

Books and Arts

13 July 2013 9:00 am

A wicket way with words

11 July 2013 1:00 pm

We were never going to get ‘come to the party’ or ‘a hundred and ten per cent’ from The Authors…

A wicket way with words

11 July 2013 1:00 pm

We were never going to get ‘come to the party’ or ‘a hundred and ten per cent’ from The Authors…

Music & Monarchy, by David Starkey - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Music has always been integral to the image and power of monarchy. Our present Royal family should take note, says Jonathan Keate

Horace and Me, by Harry Eyres - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

After Zorba the Greek, here comes Horace the Roman. The peasant Zorba, you’ll remember from the film, releases uptight, genteel…

Laidlaw by William McIlvanney - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Laidlaw was first published in 1977, 36 years back from now, 38 on from The Big Sleep. Like Chandler’s classic…

Adhocism, by Charles Jencks - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Here, for time travellers, is the whack-job spirit of ’68 in distillate form, paperbound and reissued in facsimile (with some…

Foreign Policy Begins at Home, by Richard N. Haass - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

A year or so after the ‘liberation’ of Iraq, an unnamed senior Bush administration official (later revealed to be Karl…

Against Their Will, by Allen M. Hornblum - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

After the Morecambe Bay Hospital scandal a new era opens of compassion, -whistle-blowing, naming names and possible prosecutions. But what…

Dark Actors, by Robert Lewis - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

No book about Dr David Kelly could start anywhere other than at the end. Kelly is found, dead, in a…

Jane Gardam on Barbara Comyns - essay

6 July 2013 9:00 am

The Vet’s Daughter is Barbara Comyns’s fourth and most startling novel. Written in 1959 when she was 50 it is…

Reasons to be angry

20 June 2013 1:00 pm

As a teenager in the 1980s I liked Jimmy Connors. This meant parking my not inconsiderable jealousy that he’d once…

All our Yesterdays

23 May 2013 1:00 pm

Too many Beatles books? In my house there’s always room for one more, and this week’s addition is All Together…