Books

Waiting for the Train

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Early spring cherry blossom by the tracks — so prim and so dirty, all at once. The bees must be…

Things a conductor can do with his left hand

What do conductors actually do? Review of 'Inside Conducting' by Christopher Seaman

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Conductors love telling stories, especially stories about other conductors, and every chapter of this otherwise determinedly pragmatic book begins with…

Books and Arts

20 July 2013 9:00 am

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‘Imperial Federation showing the map of the world, British Empire’, by Captain J.C. Colombo, c.1886 (Royal Geographical Society, London)

Churchill and Empire, by Lawrence James - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Philip Hensher says that Churchill’s engagement with the empire does not reveal him at his finest hour

The Long Shadow, by Mark Mills - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Mark Mills is known for his historical and literary crime novels, including The Savage Garden, The Information Officer and House…

The People’s Songs, by Stuart Maconie - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

For Stuart Maconie fans, this book might sound as if it’ll be his masterpiece. In his earlier memoirs and travelogues,…

The World is Ever Changing, by Nicolas Roeg - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Value and worth in any of the arts has always been about timing,’ writes British director Nicolas Roeg at the…

Saving Italy, by Robert M. Edsel - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

During the civil war, the Puritan iconoclast William Dowsing recorded with satisfaction his destructive visit in 1644 to the parish…

Granta Best of Young British Novelists 4 - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

This year marks the fourth Granta ‘Best of Young British novelists’, begun in 1983, but it is the first time…

Sane New World, by Ruby Wax - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Ruby Wax, who is best known as a comedian, dedicates this book ‘to my mind, which at one point left…

Siempre

20 July 2013 9:00 am

After Neruda Facing you I am not jealous. If you arrived with a man on your back, or a hundred…

Across the Pond, by Terry Eagleton - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

The esteemed literary critic, serial academic and one-time Marxist firebrand Terry Eagleton is, at 70, still producing books at an…

The useful Colonel Houses

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was determined to get the measure of Britain’s wartime prime minister Winston Churchill, and of Britain’s chances…

Hunting for bogeymen

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Here is how you make a conspiracy theory: take a couple of facts, stir in a few assumptions, then add…

A multitude of voices

20 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Consider, too, the world’s fisheries.’ This line more or less sums up the tone of Destroying the Joint: Why Women…

Notes from a big country

18 July 2013 1:00 pm

The esteemed literary critic, serial academic and one-time Marxist firebrand Terry Eagleton is, at 70, still producing books at an…

Notes from a big country

18 July 2013 1:00 pm

The esteemed literary critic, serial academic and one-time Marxist firebrand Terry Eagleton is, at 70, still producing books at an…

A multitude of voices

18 July 2013 1:00 pm

‘Consider, too, the world’s fisheries.’ This line more or less sums up the tone of Destroying the Joint: Why Women…

Hunting for bogeymen

18 July 2013 1:00 pm

Here is how you make a conspiracy theory: take a couple of facts, stir in a few assumptions, then add…

The useful Colonel Houses

18 July 2013 1:00 pm

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was determined to get the measure of Britain’s wartime prime minister Winston Churchill, and of Britain’s chances…

Disraeli, by Douglas Hurd; The Great Rivalry, by Dick Leonard - review

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Sam Leith finds shades of Jeffrey Archer and Boris Johnson in the 19th-century prime minister

The Charleston Bulletin Supplements, by Virginia Woolf and Quentin Bell

13 July 2013 9:00 am

The Charleston Bulletin was a family newspaper produced between 1923 and 1927 by the teenaged Quentin Bell and his elder…

Building: Letters, 1960–1975, by Isaiah Berlin

13 July 2013 9:00 am

This is the third volume of Isaiah Berlin letters; one more to go. Discerning critics have showered the first two…

Rousseau and the Tiger

13 July 2013 9:00 am

This is the Tiger and this is Rousseau. This is the picture I painted to show That this is the…

Seaweeds, by Ole G. Mouritsen - review

13 July 2013 9:00 am

On 14 April each year, nori fishermen gather on a hillside overlooking Ariake Bay on Kyushu in southern Japan to…