Books

Bookends: Arkansas tales

30 June 2012 4:00 pm

Stranger men have become stars than Billy Bob Thornton, but not many. His obsessive-compulsive disorder encompasses a bizarre list of…

Bookends: One for the road

23 June 2012 4:00 pm

Jay McInerney is best known for his first novel, Bright Lights, Big City (1984), which winningly combined sophistication and naivety.…

Bookends: Un poco goes a lang Weg

16 June 2012 4:00 pm

Here esse un curiosité, and kein mistake. Diego Marani (above) esse eine Italianse writer and EU officialisto livingante in Brussels,…

Bookends: The Queen’s message

2 June 2012 10:00 am

It is a sad fact that most ‘self-help’ books end up helping no one, other than the people who wrote…

Bookends: Shady people in the sun

26 May 2012 10:00 am

Carla McKay’s The Folly of French Kissing (Gibson Square, £7.99) is a very funny, cynical tale about British expatriates in…

Bookends: Prep-school passions

19 May 2012 10:00 am

In his introductory eulogy, Peter Parker calls In the Making: The Story of a Childhood  (Penguin, £8.99) G. F. Green’s…

Bookends: Pure gold

5 May 2012 10:00 am

Even nowadays, a 50-year career in pop music is a rare and wondrous thing, and for a woman triply so.…

Bookends: … and the inner tube

28 April 2012 10:00 am

In the early 1990s, when Boris Johnson was making his name as the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, Sonia Purnell was…

Bookends: Tilling tales

21 April 2012 10:00 am

Several years ago, I listed as my literary heroes Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations and E. F. Benson’s Lucia. The…

Bookends: Disarming but disingenuous

14 April 2012 10:00 am

At first glance, Be the Worst You Can Be (Booth-Clibborn Editions, £9.99) by Charles Saatchi (pictured above with his wife,…

Bookends: Terribly Tudor

31 March 2012 11:00 am

History publishers like a gimmick, so I assumed Suzannah Lipscomb’s A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England (Ebury, £12.99) must be…

Bookends: A matter of opinion

24 March 2012 11:00 am

In an age when the merely mildly curious believe they can get all they really need to know from Wikipedia…

Bookends: A life of gay abandon

17 March 2012 11:00 am

Sometimes, only the purest smut will do. Scotty Bowers’s memoir, Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex…

Bookends: Down on the farm

10 March 2012 11:00 am

Can we please have an inquiry into why already talented people are allowed to go off and be brilliant at…

Bookends: Wasp without a sting

3 March 2012 11:00 am

‘It may be hard to accept that a chaste teenage girl can end up in bed with the President of…

Bookends: Dickensian byways

25 February 2012 11:00 am

Is there room for yet another book on Dickens? Probably not, but we’ll have it anyway. The Dickens Dictionary (Icon,…

Bookends: A network of kidney-nappers

18 February 2012 11:00 am

Raylan Givens, an ace detective in the Raymond Chandler mould, has encountered just about every shakedown artist and palooka in…

Bookends: Short and sweet

11 February 2012 11:00 am

Before texts and Twitter there were postcards. Less hi-tech, but they kept people in touch. Angela Carter (pictured above) and…

Bookends: Trouble and strife

4 February 2012 11:00 am

It isn’t true that Joanna Trollope (pictured above) only produces novels about the kind of people who have an Aga…

Bookends: Doors of perception

21 January 2012 11:00 am

Unlike most of the old rockers he writes about, the esteemed US critic Greil Marcus is becoming more prolific as…

Bookends: The year of living dangerously

14 January 2012 11:00 am

Most people who recall 1976 do so for its appallingly hot summer, when parks turned brown and roads melted. Some…

Bookends: A shaggy beast of a book

7 January 2012 11:00 am

Autobiography is a tricky genre to get right, which may be why so many well-known people keep having another go…

Bookends: An unreal world

31 December 2011 11:00 am

Even by Hollywood standards, Carrie Fisher is pretty crazy. She was born a Hollywood princess, and remembers her parents —…

Bookends: A metropolitan menagerie

17 December 2011 11:00 am

London has always loved its animals. James I kept elephants in St James’s Park (allowed a gallon of wine per…

Bookends: Saving JFK

10 December 2011 11:00 am

Stephen King’s latest novel is a time-travel fantasy about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At almost 750 pages, 11.22.63…