Books

Bad behaviour

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Molly Keane achieved fame and critical acclaim in 1981 aged 75, when she published the novel Good Behaviour, a razor-sharp…

Recent crime fiction

11 February 2017 9:00 am

There isn’t a clear line separating crime and literary fiction, but a border zone where ideas are passed from one…

Old, unhappy, far off things

11 February 2017 9:00 am

August Geiger led an unremarkable life. Born in 1926, the third of ten children of a Catholic farming family in…

A diamond set in sapphires

11 February 2017 9:00 am

I was a young, aspiring writer when I decided to leave everything behind and move to Istanbul more than two…

A disgrace to feminism

11 February 2017 9:00 am

‘I was single, straight, and female,’ Emily Witt begins, with all the élan of an alcoholic stating her name and…

The Baron is back

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky was born in the wrong place at the wrong time. Had his Polish ancestor not been exiled to…

Thirtysomething blues

11 February 2017 9:00 am

If ever there was a book for our uncaring, unsharing times, it is Gwendoline Riley’s First Love, in which Neve,…

Righter of wrongs

11 February 2017 9:00 am

I used to work for Ludo, as we all knew him on BBC2’s Did You See?, and was once thought…

Cheating death

11 February 2017 9:00 am

2016 was probably the year even the most optimistic of us — those who can genuinely square the new populist…

Agonised questions

4 February 2017 9:00 am

It’s terribly difficult to write a novel about soul-searching, and Elif Shafak has come up with a rather clever device…

The lure of the desert

4 February 2017 9:00 am

The great deserts of the world hold a compelling attraction for a rare breed of men who are ‘unwise and…

Still giving peace a chance

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Tibetans were once fabled warriors. Their empire, at the summit of its power in the eighth century, extended to northern…

Another challenge for Trump

4 February 2017 9:00 am

James D. Zirin is an experienced litigator as well as the host of a popular television talkshow. In this provocative…

Day of infamy

4 February 2017 9:00 am

On 7 December 1941, without declaration of war, 350 Japanese carrier-borne aircraft struck at the US Pacific Fleet at anchor…

Big skies and frozen wastes

4 February 2017 9:00 am

We know our way around Raymond Carver’s blue-collar cityscapes and Updike’s urban angst and despair. Rick Bass opens a window…

And then there was one

4 February 2017 9:00 am

After a long struggle to receive mainstream publication, Paul Auster’s first few novels were a genuinely significant contribution to American…

Satirising the artful Hoxha

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Blood, they say, is quick on the knife in Albania, where Balkan-style revenge killings, known as giakmarrje (‘blood-takings’), settle ancient…

In hot water

4 February 2017 9:00 am

It’s good to be back in Spook Street, home of the nation’s secret service. From a handful of locations across…

Whited sepulchre

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Michelangelo’s Tomb for Pope Julius II: Genesis and Genius edited by Christoph Luitpold Frommel, translated by A. Lawrence Jenkens JrYale,…

Riding the storm

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Clover Stroud opens her memoir with the crippling bout of post-natal depression that hit after the birth of her fourth…

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,…

The great Norse soap opera

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Norse myths are having a moment. Or should I say another moment; one of a long chain of moments, in…

Do you know who I am?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Anyone looking for a groundbreaking ethnography of the global political elite —the elusive social grouping that western electorates are currently…

A scandalous scramble

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Empires in the Sun might conjure up romantic visions for some, but this book’s essence is distilled in its subtitle,…

An infinite spirit

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Can American publishers be dissuaded from foisting absurd, bombastic subtitles on their books as if readers are all Trumpers avid…