Philip Hensher

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,…

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…

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…