Marcus Berkmann

A book that's inspired by a movie (for a change)

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Books become films every day of the week; more rarely does someone feel inspired to write a book after seeing…

The best funny books for Christmas

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Books do furnish a room, and quirky books for Christmas do furnish an enormous warehouse somewhere within easy reach of…

Morrissey can't even moan properly — here's a frontman who can

9 November 2013 9:00 am

There is much to be said for Schadenfreude. (If it was edible, it would be a meal in a very…

#Onyourmarks! What is the formal name for the hashtag? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

One day there simply won’t be any strange byways of the English language left to write quirky little books about.…

An Endangered Species, by David Gower - review

Gower vs Boycott

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Ask any England cricket fan in his fifties to name his favourite batsman and chances are he will say David…

Talk Talk bears repetition

12 October 2013 9:00 am

First impressions always count, and they are almost always wrong. This is particularly pertinent if you review albums for a…

Licensed to feel: The new James Bond fusses over furnishings and sprinkles talc

5 October 2013 9:00 am

First, an appalling admission: I have never read any of Ian Fleming’s Bond books. Nor have I read any of…

My 50 weddings

21 September 2013 9:00 am

The lessons of a perpetual guest

The Mitford Girls’ Guide to Life, by Lyndsy Spence - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

For some reason you don’t expect people to be fans of the Mitford sisters, as others are fans of Doctor…

Pop: You'd love Love and Money, too - if only you'd heard of them

14 September 2013 9:00 am

How and when do you become ‘a fan’, exactly? You can usually spot pop stars who are losing touch with…

Hell is other people’s taste in music

10 August 2013 9:00 am

‘I don’t really like most of the music you play,’ said the tall blonde woman with whom I share my…

Across the Pond, by Terry Eagleton - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

The esteemed literary critic, serial academic and one-time Marxist firebrand Terry Eagleton is, at 70, still producing books at an…

The last taboo in pop: fat old men

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go on about Glastonbury. I wasn’t there, I never have been and, unless forced…