Books

Old men remember: reliving the horror of Tobruk

16 January 2021 9:00 am

‘Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,/ But he’ll remember, with advantages,/ What feats he did that day.’ Peter…

Dolly Parton represents all that’s best about America

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Dolly Parton is the living embodiment of America’s best values, says Philip Hensher

Speaking Our Language

9 January 2021 9:00 am

The Australian language is one of the few bonds that still binds together the Australian nation. And, heaven knows, we…

The criminal code of Rotwelsch deciphered

9 January 2021 9:00 am

When Martin Puchner was a child, tramps would turn up at his family home in Nuremberg to be fed by…

The aesthetic prejudice towards white classical statues

9 January 2021 9:00 am

In the 1930s curators at the British Museum, under orders from Lord Duveen, a generous donor, scoured and hacked at…

The life and loves of Mary Wollstonecraft

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Ruth Scurr reveals what an impulsive, life-loving individual Mary Wollstonecraft was

Paint in the bloodstream: The Death of Francis Bacon, by Max Porter, reviewed

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Francis Bacon once told the art critic Richard Cork: ‘I certainly hope I’ll go on till I drop dead.’ Max…

Latin America in crisis again

9 January 2021 9:00 am

It wasn’t so long ago that British readers, on hearing about the incompetence and corruption of Latin America’s political leaders,…

The roots of humanity remain obscure

9 January 2021 9:00 am

To comprehend ourselves and the future of humankind we have to understand where we came from. Unlike the approximately 350,000…

In search of Noëlle: Invisible Ink, by Patrick Modiano, reviewed

9 January 2021 9:00 am

At some point in his twilit, enigmatic novels of vanished lives and buried memories, Patrick Modiano likes to jolt his…

How Hitler’s great gamble nearly paid off

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Do we need another wrist-breaking book about Adolf Hitler, the Third Reich and the second world war? Since Ian Kershaw…

Is Indian cricket no longer cricket?

9 January 2021 9:00 am

There is nothing in world sport, ‘nothing in the history of the human race’, Ramachandra Guha modestly reckons, that can…

Does William Barents deserve to have a sea named after him?

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Narratives of frozen beards in polar hinterlands never lose their appeal. Most of the good stories have been told, but…

The farce of the Nobel Peace Prize

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Betraying the Nobel opens with a detonation from Michael Nobel, Alfred’s great-grandnephew. The vice-chairman and then chairman of the Nobel…

Murder in Richmond Park: House with No Doors, by Jeff Noon, reviewed

9 January 2021 9:00 am

It’s 1981 in Richmond, south-west London. Detective Inspector Henry Hobbes is called out to a rundown house where the octogenarian…

George Pell: Behind Bars

19 December 2020 9:00 am

This is the prison diary that should never have been written because Cardinal George Pell should never have been in…

Summer books

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Bad year, good books

A conciliatory P.J. O’Rourke is not the satirist we know and love

19 December 2020 9:00 am

There was an acidic bravura and beauty in P.J. O’Rourke’s early journalism and a gleefulness in the ease with which…

Spot the literary character

19 December 2020 9:00 am

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Will we soon see the end of conservatism as we know it?

19 December 2020 9:00 am

The future of conservatism depends crucially on its ability to withstand the new hard right, says William Hague

The only man who didn’t want to be Cary Grant was Cary Grant himself

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Cary Grant was a hoax so sublime his creator struggled to escape him. He was a metaphor, too, for the…

The End of Times and the coming of the Antichrist

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Two things it may be wise to know before picking up this relatively short and surprisingly cheerful brand spanking NEW…

Mozart the infant prodigy was also a child of the Enlightenment

19 December 2020 9:00 am

‘My dear young man: don’t take it too hard,’ Joseph II counsels a puppyish Mozart, the colour of his hair…

Barbara Amiel is a cross between Medusa and Maria Callas

19 December 2020 9:00 am

If this book becomes a Netflix blockbuster, as it surely must, Barbara Amiel presents us with an opening image. She…

How we laughed: the golden days of Bananarama

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Saying you don’t like Bananarama is like saying you don’t like summer or Marilyn Monroe — a sure sign of…