Tom Williams

The year of living decisively: The Turning Point, by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, reviewed

4 September 2021 9:00 am

We tend to think of turning points as single moments of change — Saul on the road to Damascus or…

Gay abandon: Filthy Animals, by Brandon Taylor, reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

What does it mean to be a body in this world? It’s the question animating Brandon Taylor’s Filthy Animals. Our…

Apostle of modernism: Clive Bell’s reputation repaired

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Clive Bell is the perennial supporting character in the biographies of the Bloomsbury group. The husband of Vanessa Bell, brother-in-law…

Wordsworth may have been partially eclipsed by his fellow Romantics, but his life was far from dull

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Wordsworth’s reputation has been too long in decline, says Tom Williams. In the space of a decade he transformed English poetry, and his earlier works remain astonishing

Philip Marlowe’s last case? Only to Sleep, by Lawrence Osborne, reviewed

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Only to Sleep is the third Philip Marlowe novel written by someone other than Raymond Chandler and while the authors…