Books

Novel ways of writing

10 January 2013 2:00 pm

If you consider ‘gripping metafiction’ a self-contradictory phrase (surely metafiction disables tension through its wink-at-the-audience style?), Nicholas Royle’s First Novel…

The Diana effect

3 January 2013 2:00 pm

My favourite joke of all time concerns Diana Dors, whose real name was Diana Fluck. She was invited back to…

The Wiggins streak

28 December 2012 2:00 pm

As the first British winner of the Tour de France and a gold medalist at London 2012, Bradley Wiggins is…

Rock solid

13 December 2012 2:00 am

Rod Stewart once tried to convince his mother that he had made a lot of money, and wanted to buy…

Lord Halifax

A narrow escape

6 December 2012 2:00 pm

C.J. Sansom is deservedly famous for his Shardlake crime novels, featuring a 16th-century lawyer on the fringes of the court.…

Sebastian Coe

Classic Coe

29 November 2012 2:00 pm

You sense that writing Seb Coe: The Autobiography (Hodder, £20) must have been a pleasurable task for the Lord of…

Neil Young Live

The one who got away with it

22 November 2012 2:00 pm

The first track on Neil Young’s latest album lasts nearly 28 minutes, for while he usually has no problem starting,…

Narrative drive

15 November 2012 2:00 pm

Michael Holroyd describes this tiny, charmingly pointless publication (On Wheels, Chatto, £9.99) not as a book but as an example…

Too much time in the library

8 November 2012 2:00 pm

Donna Leon’s The Jewels of Paradise (Heinemann, £17.99)has a promising premise. A young musicologist, Caterina Pelligroni, returns to Venice to…

The darker side of Dawn

1 November 2012 2:00 pm

I like Dawn French when she is playing a sinister nurse much more than when she’s a jolly vicar. As…

Hart-felt praise

25 October 2012 2:00 pm

‘I don’t profess this tome to be one of deep reflection or profound, serious thinking,’ writes Miranda Hart, which may…

Our most exotic bird

18 October 2012 2:00 pm

The Black Grouse (Merlin Unwin, £20) is Patrick Lurie’s first book and the first ever on the the subject. Lurie…

A guide to the media circus

11 October 2012 2:00 pm

Caitlin Moran’s  bestselling How to be a Woman careered with reckless frivolity from the personal (eldest of eight, home-schooled in…

Hell hath no fury…

4 October 2012 3:00 am

We all know Edwina Currie as a shrill, tasteless, attention-seeking Thatcherite nuisance from Liverpool. But the private Edwina —  as…

Games over

27 September 2012 7:00 pm

It seems like only hours since they ended, but people have already written and published books about the Olympics, and…

Our national obsession

13 September 2012 11:12 pm

If Britain is serious about this Olympic legacy thing, we should get ‘talking about the weather’ added to the list…

Bookends: The Saint Zita Society, by Ruth Rendell

18 August 2012 4:00 pm

Sometimes it seems as if Ruth Rendell’s heart just isn’t in all that killing any more. Certainly, her latest book,…

Bookends: Umpty, umpty, umpty…

11 August 2012 4:00 pm

According to Ogden Nash, the reason the British aristocracy wrote so much is because they could never understand what they…

Bookends: Heading for the rough

4 August 2012 4:00 pm

Middle age lays many hazards and traps for us, not the least of which is golf. Breaking 80 (Yellow Jersey…

Bookends: Deftly orchestrated chaos

21 July 2012 4:00 pm

The headings set the scene: ‘Last Tango in Balham, in which I meet Marlon Brando on the dance floor of…

Bookends: Cycle of pain

14 July 2012 4:00 pm

Reg Harris by Robert Dineen (Ebury Press, £16.99) is about a man who was once Britain’s number one athlete: a…

From our own correspondent

7 July 2012 4:00 pm

‘Interviewing Afghan warlords is always something of a delicate dance,’ writes roving BBC reporter Nick Bryant in Confessions from Correspondentland…

Bookends: Arkansas tales

30 June 2012 4:00 pm

Stranger men have become stars than Billy Bob Thornton, but not many. His obsessive-compulsive disorder encompasses a bizarre list of…

Bookends: One for the road

23 June 2012 4:00 pm

Jay McInerney is best known for his first novel, Bright Lights, Big City (1984), which winningly combined sophistication and naivety.…

Bookends: Un poco goes a lang Weg

16 June 2012 4:00 pm

Here esse un curiosité, and kein mistake. Diego Marani (above) esse eine Italianse writer and EU officialisto livingante in Brussels,…