Books

A marvel and a mystery

10 December 2016 9:00 am

In 2013, Pavel Dmitrichenko, disgruntled principal dancer of the Bolshoi, exacted a now infamous revenge on the company’s artistic director,…

Love at first bite

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Legends cling to Bram Stoker’s life. One interesting cluster centres on his wife, Florence. She was judged, in her high…

Spot the British Author

10 December 2016 9:00 am

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To earth from heaven

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When I was a child, the highlight of the summer holidays was when my cousin Simon came to stay. We…

High priestess of horror

3 December 2016 9:00 am

A film critic friend, astonished that I had never heard of Shirley Jackson, told me to go and read her…

Children’s books for Christmas

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Maurice Sendak, no mean judge, observed that William Nicholson’s Clever Bill was ‘among the few perfect picture books for children’.…

Rifling through a writer’s desk

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Frantumaglia isn’t strictly a book by Elena Ferrante. Frantumaglia isn’t strictly a book at all. It’s a celebration of the…

Ripeness is all

3 December 2016 9:00 am

‘Blessed are the cheesemakers.’ The line from Life of Brian is followed by: ‘It’s not meant to be taken literally.…

A choice of gardening books

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Garden design usually breaks out of its confines to become part of the general consciousness only in Chelsea Flower Show…

From man to beast and back again

3 December 2016 9:00 am

If there’s one shared characteristic of the so-called ‘new nature writing’ it is a failure, with a few notable exceptions,…

Is this the American Houellebecq?

3 December 2016 9:00 am

I Hate the Internet is not so much a novel as a wildly entertaining rant. Jarett Kobek is a self-published…

When reasoning goes wrong

3 December 2016 9:00 am

It’s the intellectual bromance of the last century. Two psychologists — Danny, a Holocaust kid and adviser to the Israel…

Review: Dinner with Armand de Brignac

30 November 2016 10:08 pm

A fine time was had by all at the Dickie Fitz Restaurant and Dining Room in London W1 the other…

Restaurateur Gavin Rankin enjoys a gastronomic trip to Belgium

30 November 2016 4:35 am

Restaurateur Gavin Rankin enjoys a gastronomic trip to Belgium but wishes travelling companion, chef Rowley Leigh, had kept his mouth…

Falling out with Love

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Volcanic fallings out within bands are an ever-recurring motif in the history of rock music. There’s an obvious reason for…

A choice of art books

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Suitably for a year so full of cataclysms and disturbing portents, 2016 is the quincentenary of the death of Hieronymus…

Pandora’s box

26 November 2016 9:00 am

While I’ve read plenty of books worse than Television: A Biography, I can’t immediately think of any that were more…

Blackouts and white coats

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In the cult Steve Martin film The Man With Two Brains, a doctor falls in love with a surgically removed…

A mystery, even to herself

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Armed with their tiny Leicas and Nikons, most of the great postwar ‘street’ photographers liked to be unobtrusive; they wanted…

Heaven, hell and Northampton

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A century ago, Sir Hubert Parry set Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ to music. The lyric had been written 100 years earlier and…

Christmas cookbooks

26 November 2016 9:00 am

New books by Raymond Blanc and Pierre Koffmann retell the truth that British food came back from the brink. If…

Joking apart

26 November 2016 9:00 am

A horse walks into a bar.… David Grossman takes the opening line of an old joke for his title, which…

For king and countryside

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In July 1915 the poet Edward Thomas enlisted as a soldier with the Artists’ Rifles, even though, at the age…

Atlas shrugs

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In his Forward Prize-winning collection of 2014, A Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, Kei Miller’s hero describes…

Skin in the game

24 November 2016 3:00 pm

Terry Smith is in the news again. Not for being a Brexiteer — though he’s been committed to that cause…