Ysenda Maxtone Graham

Bish bash Bosphorus: Elif Shafak’s saga of love and death in Istanbul is crammed with incident on every page

10 January 2015 9:00 am

If you like to curl up by the fire with a proper, old-fashioned, saga-style tale about a boy and his…

A beautiful speaking voice is a window to the soul

6 December 2014 9:00 am

A beautiful speaking voice draws attention to the words spoken

The ossuary at Sedlec in Czechoslovakia, where garlands of skulls drape the vault. The chapel is thought to contain the skeletons of up to 70,000 people

In search of dead men's bones

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Skulls, femurs, ribs, pelvises, piled on top of each other in a chaotic heap: this, Denise Inge discovered, was what…

It’s not easy for a middle-aged woman to get inside the head of a 12-year-old innkeeper’s son in 1914

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Esther Freud wrote dazzlingly in the first person through the eyes of a five-year-old child in her first novel, Hideous…

The vote on women bishops is a triumph for our diplomatic Archbishop

19 July 2014 9:00 am

The vote on women bishops is a triumph for our diplomatic Archbishops

The Snow Queen crawls at snail’s pace – and you wouldn’t want it any other way

17 May 2014 9:00 am

For all would-be novelists whose stumbling block is that they can’t resist describing every single sensation in depth — the…

When No Man's Land is home

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Countless writers and film-makers this year will be trying their hand at forcing us to wake up and smell the…

As Green as Grass, by Emma Smith - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The title, the subtitle, the author’s plain name, even the jacket’s photograph of a laughing old lady in sunglasses: none…

A Corner of Paradise, by Brian Thompson - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Author has late-blossoming romance with authoress, both divorcees, and they live together in a cramped house in Harrogate full of…