Philip Hensher

Truth is stranger than satire

22 April 2017 9:00 am

I think we’re all agreed about Donald Trump — by which I mean all of us who read the literary…

Fantastic interpretations of the inkblots might imply either madness or high intelligence and creativity. Rorschach was convinced the tests could distinguish between the two

All in the mind’s eye

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Everyone knows what the Rorschach tests are. Like Freudian slips, boycotts, quislings and platonic friendships, however, it was long ago…

Fantastic interpretations of the inkblots might imply either madness or high intelligence and creativity. Rorschach was convinced the tests could distinguish between the two

All in the mind’s eye

2 March 2017 3:00 pm

Everyone knows what the Rorschach tests are. Like Freudian slips, boycotts, quislings and platonic friendships, however, it was long ago…

Sins of the flesh

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Bill Schutt has an excellent subject, and he explores it from a promising angle. Cannibalism has long interested zoologists, anthropologists,…

Maipure Indians, inhabitants of the Upper Orinoco, grill the limbs of a dead enemy (Italian engraving, 1781)

Sins of the flesh

2 February 2017 3:00 pm

Bill Schutt has an excellent subject, and he explores it from a promising angle. Cannibalism has long interested zoologists, anthropologists,…

An unmagnificent seven

7 January 2017 9:00 am

One of the most interesting developments in modern publishing has surely been the revival of interest in women writers of…

No one turned a hair

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The Benson family was one of the most extraordinary of Victorian England, and they certainly made sure that we have…

A big beast in Hush Puppies

29 October 2016 9:00 am

It always used to be said that, if it had been up to Guardian readers, Ken Clarke would certainly have…

Thoroughly bewitching

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Angela Carter was a seminal, a watershed novelist: perhaps one of the last generation of novelists to change both the…

A life of telling stories

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Not all novelists lead a public life. Those who do, however, tend to make a bit of a performance out…

A meeting of two minds

12 August 2016 11:00 pm

This lovely, modest and precise book tells the story of the most productive friendship among the modernists, and the most…

Visions of suburbia

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Art is aspiring; hungry; acutely aware of what it could become, and of what it could lack; longs for safety…

Visions of suburbia

4 August 2016 1:00 pm

Art is aspiring; hungry; acutely aware of what it could become, and of what it could lack; longs for safety…

Food for thought

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Elisabeth Luard has a fascinating and rich subject in the relationship between food and place. Humans eat differently according to…