Books

How Denmark’s Jews escaped the Nazis

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Of all the statistics generated by the Holocaust, perhaps some of the most disturbing in the questions they give rise…

Sometimes one story is worth buying a whole book for. This is one of those times

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Any new book by Lorrie Moore is a cause for rejoicing, but her first collection of short stories for 16…

Crowd Hunters of Images

8 March 2014 9:00 am

remains are handled in a culturally sensitive and religiously appropriate manner presence without value is perceived as occupation today we…

An almost masochistic docility: E.M. Forster in his youth

What E.M. Forster didn't do

8 March 2014 9:00 am

‘On the whole I think you should write biographies of those you admire and respect, and novels about human beings…

Books and Arts

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Crowd Hunters of Images

6 March 2014 3:00 pm

remains are handled in a culturally sensitive and religiously appropriate manner presence without value is perceived as occupation today we…

Crowd Hunters of Images

6 March 2014 3:00 pm

remains are handled in a culturally sensitive and religiously appropriate manner presence without value is perceived as occupation today we…

Secrets of Candleford: the real Flora Thompson

1 March 2014 9:00 am

When Richard Mabey was researching this biography of Flora Thompson, author of Lark Rise to Candleford, he happened to stay…

A German soldier in the Western Desert in 1942 scans the horizon for enemy movements

A spectacular faller in the Benghazi stakes

1 March 2014 9:00 am

What an unedifying affair the war in the North African desert was, at least until November 1942 and the victory…

Fairytales of racism

1 March 2014 9:00 am

A preview of Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird appeared in Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists issue in April last…

Pick of the crime novels

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Stuart MacBride’s new novel, A Song for the Dying (HarperCollins, £16.99, Spectator Bookshop, £14.99), is markedly darker in tone than…

Henry Cavill starred in last year’s American blockbuster Man of Steel, based on the DC Comic hero, Superman

Want Hollywood's conventional wisdom? Then read Blockbusters

1 March 2014 9:00 am

You can learn a lot from this book. Latin America has a smaller economy than Europe. Big companies can spend…

Stirring the imagination into overdrive: ‘The Sinner’ by John Collier (1904)

Sex, secrets, and self-mortification: the dark side of the confessional

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I have a confession to make. I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I admitted something of…

I used to like George Kennan. Then I read his diaries

1 March 2014 9:00 am

George Kennan, the career diplomat and historian best known for his sensible suggestion that the United States try to resist…

Lance Sieveking (right) with Colonel G.L. Thompson broadcasting a running commentary on the final bumping race from a tree in Rectory Meadow, Cambridge, June 1927

'One warm night in June 1917 I became the man who nearly killed the Kaiser'

1 March 2014 9:00 am

The traditional story told about the first world war is that it changed everything: that it was the end of…

From frankness to obsession - the novels of Francis King

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Gide wrote to Simenon: ‘You are living on a false reputation — just like Baudelaire and Chopin. … You are…

Books and Arts

1 March 2014 9:00 am

The Artist Formerly Known As Whistler

22 February 2014 9:00 am

When James Whistler was two years old, he was asked why he’d disappeared from company and hidden under a table.…

Hillary, Obama, Osama — and a hapless Bill

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The actor David Niven was once badgered by the American columnist William F. Buckley to introduce him to Marc Chagall,…

When Israel was but a dream

22 February 2014 9:00 am

‘On the night of 15 April 1897, a small, elegant steamer is en route from Egypt’s Port Said to Jaffa.’…

A family novel that pulls up the carpet before you're even in the door

22 February 2014 9:00 am

I first mistook David Gilbert’s second novel for the sort of corduroy-sleeved family saga at which American writers excel. The…

Man between vice and virtue in St Augustine’s City of God. French incunabulum from Abbeville, 1486-87

Christianity is the foundation of our freedoms

22 February 2014 9:00 am

If there is one underlying source from which all our other societal problems stem, it is surely this: we no…

The Old Man Comes Out With an Opinion

22 February 2014 9:00 am

This long orchestral piece records a day the composer spent one summer meditating in Dibnah’s yard on the sounds of…

First novels: When romance develops from an old photograph

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The intensely lyrical Ghost Moth is set in Belfast in 1969, as the Troubles begin and when Katherine, housewife and…

Books and Arts

22 February 2014 9:00 am