Books

Pablo Picasso in love and war

2 April 2022 9:00 am

As Europe descended into chaos, the middle-aged Picasso remained as bullish as ever, says Craig Raine

Proof at last that the Great Pyramid wasn’t built by aliens

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Because I once made the mistake of dabbling in Egyptology, some ‘friend’ will schwack me every other week with a…

How I narrowly escaped joining Argentina’s ‘disappeared’

26 March 2022 9:00 am

A bully-boy leader. A corrupt, out-of-touch regime. A twisted reading of history. An unprovoked, military-led landgrab. A domestic disinformation blitz.…

Has gambling become the great British addiction?

26 March 2022 9:00 am

When I was 14 my father took me to a bookmaker’s and encouraged me to place a bet. He wanted…

Britain’s money laundering scandal goes back a long way

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The war in Ukraine has turned a lot of people’s attention to oligarchs in the UK. How did these guys…

Character is king in the latest crime fiction

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Thriller writers are hard pressed to stand out in what’s become a very crowded field. As a result, from Cardiff…

Sex and politics in the precincts of St Paul’s Cathedral

26 March 2022 9:00 am

In the tight dark maze of alleys that wind between the Thames and St Paul’s the pleasures of the living…

Another fallen idol: the myth of Ferdinand Magellan debunked

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Ferdinand Magellan’s fame was largely undeserved. Horatio Clare sees the explorer cut down to size

The Greek myths are always with us

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Once upon a time there was a collection of stories that everybody loved. They involved brave heroes such as Perseus…

The ghostly ruins of vanished Britain

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Take a walk in the English countryside and you get the impression that little has changed. The churches and farmhouses,…

Enjoy your beloved car while you can

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Remember ashtrays in cars? Soon cars will themselves become objects of wet-eyed nostalgic reverie. A thrilling era of propelling ourselves,…

When Oxford life resembled a great satirical novel

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Paula Byrne describes life at Oxford University in its eccentric heyday

The Belfast Blitz: These Days, by Lucy Caldwell, reviewed

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Caught outside at the start of a raid in the Belfast Blitz as the incendiary bombs rain down, Audrey looks…

Portrait of a domestic tyrant: The Exhibitionist, by Charlotte Mendelson, reviewed

19 March 2022 9:00 am

If vivid, drily hilarious tales about messy families stuffed with passive aggression and seething resentment are your thing, you will…

Knotty problems: French Braid, by Anne Tyler, reviewed

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Anne Tyler’s 24th novel French Braid opens in 2010 in Philadelphia train station. We find the teenage Serena, who has…

Jesus’s female disciples remain women of mystery

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Is there a patron saint of conjecture? Perhaps it is a name known only to Bible scholars, who have rich…

Abandoned for a bogus guru – Lily Dunn’s harrowing family memoir

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Sins of My Father begins with an ending. Describing her 61-year-old parent’s final desperate flight from a life of vibrant…

The heartbreak left in the wake of the Terra Nova

12 March 2022 9:00 am

The story of the five women waiting at home for Captain Scott and his doomed polar party is naturally occluded…

The party’s finally over for Nigel Farage

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Nigel Farage was never even an MP, but Michael Crick argues convincingly that he is one of the top five…

Lasting infamy: Booth, by Karen Joy Fowler, reviewed

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Were it not for an event on the night of 14 April 1865, John Wilkes Booth would be remembered, if…

New light on the building of Stonehenge

12 March 2022 9:00 am

When it comes to Stonehenge, we are like children continually asking why and never getting a conclusive answer. There are…

An ill wind in Buenos Aires: Portrait of Unknown Lady, by María Gainza, reviewed

12 March 2022 9:00 am

How to review a book that pokes fun at critics? When the protagonist of María Gainza’s Portrait of an Unknown…

A magical epic: Moon Witch, Spider King, by Marlon James, reviewed

12 March 2022 9:00 am

When the first volume of Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy appeared in 2019, it was quickly recognised as a masterly…

Graham Robb deserves to be a French national treasure

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Philip Hensher is enthralled by Graham Robb’s evocative new history of France

What the Anglo-Saxons made of 1066 and all that followed

5 March 2022 9:00 am

By any yardstick, the Norman Conquest was a ghastly business. Within two decades, the English aristocracy had been more than…