Books

Bookends: Trouble and strife

4 February 2012 11:00 am

It isn’t true that Joanna Trollope (pictured above) only produces novels about the kind of people who have an Aga…

Bookends: Doors of perception

21 January 2012 11:00 am

Unlike most of the old rockers he writes about, the esteemed US critic Greil Marcus is becoming more prolific as…

Bookends: The year of living dangerously

14 January 2012 11:00 am

Most people who recall 1976 do so for its appallingly hot summer, when parks turned brown and roads melted. Some…

Bookends: A shaggy beast of a book

7 January 2012 11:00 am

Autobiography is a tricky genre to get right, which may be why so many well-known people keep having another go…

Bookends: An unreal world

31 December 2011 11:00 am

Even by Hollywood standards, Carrie Fisher is pretty crazy. She was born a Hollywood princess, and remembers her parents —…

Bookends: A metropolitan menagerie

17 December 2011 11:00 am

London has always loved its animals. James I kept elephants in St James’s Park (allowed a gallon of wine per…

Bookends: Saving JFK

10 December 2011 11:00 am

Stephen King’s latest novel is a time-travel fantasy about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At almost 750 pages, 11.22.63…

Bookends: No joke being a comedian

3 December 2011 11:00 am

Failure is the very stuff of comedy, but not of showbiz memoirs, so Small Man in a Book (Michael Joseph,…

Bookends: Not filthy enough

26 November 2011 11:00 am

The Pursued (Penguin, £12.99) is a lost crime thriller by C. S. Forester, the author of the Hornblower novels. It…

Bookends: About a boy

12 November 2011 11:00 am

The Go-Between was L.P. Hartley’s best novel, Joseph Losey’s best film, and probably Harold Pinter’s best screenplay. In the novel,…

Bookends: Spirit of place

5 November 2011 11:00 am

A new book by Ronald Blythe is something of an event. In recent years the bard of Akenfield has mostly…

Bookends: The showbiz Boris Johnson

29 October 2011 11:00 am

Amiability can take you a long way in British public life. James Corden is no fool: he co-wrote and co-starred…

Bookends: Circling the Square Mile

22 October 2011 11:00 am

You want the two-word review of this new book about the City? ‘London porn.’ For those of you with more…

Bookends: Squelch of the bladder-wrack

15 October 2011 11:00 am

What’s not to like about Candida Lycett Green’s Seaside Resorts (Oldie Publications, £14.99)? Lovely colour photographs of over 100 of…

Bookends: Getting it perfect

8 October 2011 11:00 am

There is an old joke which says that if you are lost in the desert, start making a salad dressing…

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1 October 2011 10:00 am

Political sketchwriting, like most humorous writing, is one of those things that looks easy, especially to people who would never…

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24 September 2011 10:00 am

Joan Collins first came to public notice in the 1950s, as a Rank starlet and sex kitten. In the 1970s…

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17 September 2011 10:00 am

One day in the late 17th century, goes the legend, a French monk named Pierre called out to his colleagues:…

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10 September 2011 10:00 am

Harry Enfield has said that ‘comedy without Galton and Simpson would be like literature without Dickens,’ and he may be…

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3 September 2011 10:00 am

Dr Temperance Brenner, like her creator, Kathy Reichs, is a forensic anthropologist. She works in North Carolina, specialising in ‘decomps…

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27 August 2011 10:00 am

‘Owl?’ said Pooh. ‘What’s a biography?’ ‘A biography,’ replied Owl, ‘is an Important Book. Such as an Interested Person might…

Bookends: The Jazz Baroness

20 August 2011 10:00 am

She was born Kathleen Annie Pannonica Rothschild. Her father, Nathaniel Charles Rothschild, an ardent lepidopterist, named her Pannonica, Nica for…

Bookends: Laughing by the book

13 August 2011 10:00 am

Comedy is a serious business. The number of young people who seek to make a living making other people laugh…

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6 August 2011 10:00 am

Of all the great cultural shifts of recent years, the rise to respectability of American comics may be the strangest.…

Bookends: Corpses in the coal hole

30 July 2011 10:00 am

Ruth Rendell has probably pulled more surprises on her readers than any other crime writer. But the one she produces…