Tea and treachery: Sheep’s Clothing, by Celia Dale, reviewed

11 November 2023 9:00 am

Posing as social services employees, two female ex-cons talk their way into the homes of elderly widows in order to drug them and steal their valuables

The shocking truth about adulterated wine: it was delicious

4 November 2023 9:00 am

Provided it wasn’t actually poisonous, a beefed-up burgundy in the 1970s was often preferred to a weedy pure vintage pinot noir, says Rebecca Gibb

The conman who duped thousands with a patently absurd story

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Promising his investors dazzling riches with his tale of hidden Ghanaian gold, the charismatic John Ackah Blay-Miezah pulled off one of the most brazen scams of the past century

The devil comes calling

8 July 2023 9:00 am

The sinister Sergeant Bertrand arrives in a ‘provincial, mediocre’ Russian town to wreak havoc in the lives of a couple mourning the loss of their son

The great deception: The Book of Goose, by Yiyun Li, reviewed

24 September 2022 9:00 am

As introductions go, ‘My name is Agnès, but that is not important’ does not have quite the same confidence as…

Appearances are deceptive: Trio, by William Boyd, reviewed

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Talbot Kydd, film producer; Anny Viklund, American actress; Elfrida Wing, novelist; these make the trio of the title. Private lives…

Ragged spectres, half sunk in mud, half lost in shadow: Joseph Gray’s unnerving ‘A Ration Party’

The disappearing acts of Joseph Gray, master of military camouflage

24 March 2018 9:00 am

On a night in Paris in 1914, Gertrude Stein was walking with Picasso when the first camouflaged trucks passed by.…

What Muslims think

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Polls suggesting that they sympathise with terrorists are misleading

A big literary beast's descent into incoherence

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Something odd happened between the advance publicity for this book and its printed appearance. Trailed as addressing the troubled history…