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Book Reviews: 23 May
OUT NOW MEADOWLAND: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF AN ENGLISH FIELD by John Lewis-Stempel (Doubleday, £14.99; offer price, £12.99) This chronicle of the seasonal changes and wildlife of a meadow in Herefordshire, extracted in last week’s issue, is surprisingly...
Book Reviews: 28 June
OUT NOW THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS by Claire Messud (Virago, £14.99; offer price, £12.99) When it was recently suggested to Claire Messud that Nora, the protagonist of her new novel, wasn’t all that nice, the author’s response made her the toast of the...
‘Dad’s Billy Goats Gruff was second to none’
Zoë Ball is on a mission. The popular radio and TV presenter, currently hosting It Takes Two, Strictly Come Dancing’s daily weekday spin-off show, is, she says, first and foremost a mother. She lives in Hove with her DJ husband Norman Cook, aka Fatboy...
Book Reviews: 22 August
OUT NOW IZA’S BALLAD by Magda Szabó, translated by George Szirtes (Harvill Secker, £16.99, offer price, £13.99) In her award-winning novel The Door, the Hungarian author explored intergenerational clashes and the conflict between traditional and...
Book Reviews: 11 July
OUT NOW A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman, translated by Henning Koch (Sceptre, £14.99; offer price, £13.49) The Swedish blogger and columnist wrote this book by popular demand: readers of his blog featuring the eponymous protagonist just couldn’t...
Book Reviews: 16 May
OUT NOW SO MANY MOVING PARTS by Tiffany Atkinson (Bloodaxe Books, £9.95; offer price, £9.45) The award-winning poet’s new collection explores with originality the intrusions of the spiritual into everyday life. These poems are close-ups of ordinary...
Book Reviews: 17 January
OUT NOW NELSON, NAVY & NATION: THE ROYAL NAVY AND THE BRITISH PEOPLE, 1688-1815 , edited by Quintin Colville and James Davey (Conway, £20; offer price, £17) Accompanying the National Maritime Museum’s new gallery of 18th-century naval life, this book...
Book Reviews: 1 November
OUT NOW TO THE LETTER: A JOURNEY THROUGH A VANISHING WORLD by Simon Garfield (Canongate Books, £16.99; offer price, £13.59) With letter-writing in decline, Garfield has produced a well-timed, engrossing study of epistolary art through the ages. His...
Book Reviews: 18 October
OUT NOW ELIZABETH OF THE GERMAN GARDEN: A BIOGRAPHY OF ELIZABETH VON ARNIM by Jennifer Walker (Book Guild, £20; offer price, £16) Elizabeth von Arnim, born Mary Beauchamp, is one of the forgotten fi gures of 20th-century women’s fiction, despite her...
Book Reviews: 30 August
OUT NOW WHAT’S A HOSTESS TO DO? 313 IDEAS AND INSPIRATIONS FOR EFFORTLESS ENTERTAINING by Susan Spungen (Artisan, £12.99; offer price, £11.69) New York culinary guru and food stylist Susan Spungen off ers a guide to hosting a dinner party. Spungen...
Book Reviews: 7 June
OUT NOW CRUEL CROSSING: ESCAPING HITLER ACROSS THE PYRENEES by Edward Stourton (Doubleday, £20; offer price, £16) Each July an annual trek across the Chemin de la Liberté in the Pyrenees commemorates the brave souls who between 1939- 1945 used these...
Book Reviews: 31 May
OUT NOW NIJINSKY: A LIFE by Lucy Moore (Profile Books, £25; offer price, £18) One hundred years ago on 29 May 1913, dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, born in 1889, transformed the world of dance overnight with his provocative and revolutionary...
Book Reviews: 5 April
OUT NOW THE ART OF LEAVING by Anna Stothard (Alma Books, £7.99; offer price, £7.59) Eva has been trying to leave her lawyer boyfriend, Luke, almost since the moment she met him. It’s nothing personal, it’s just what Eva likes best: leaving. She’s...
Book Reviews: 8 March
OUT NOW A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING by Dave Eggers (Hamish Hamilton, £18.99) As his name might suggest, businessman Alan Clay isn’t cut out for life in the Saudi Arabian desert. The problem for Alan is that he was a fish out of water in his native...
Book reviews: 2 November
OUT NOW THE HOROLOGICON by Mark Forsyth (Icon Books, £12.99) Mark Forsyth wrote the bestselling Etymologicon, a collection of verbal curiosities. So, if you like the sound of that then you should rush out to buy this one – a day's jaunt through the...
Book reviews: 26 October
OUT NOW ARTHUR MILLER: 1962-2005 by Christopher Bigsby (Phoenix, £9.99) Christopher Bigsby is a world renowned authority on playwright Arthur Miller and American literature. Volume one of this very readable and definitive biography, already published,...
Book reviews: 24 August
OUT NOW THE DAYLIGHT GATE by Jeanette Winterson (Hammer, £9.99) Jeanette Winterson and Hammer Horror is an unexpected literary double act; it's a bit like hearing Jane Austen is having a crack at updating the Rutshire Chronicles. Winterson's first...
Book reviews: 27 July
OUT NOW HERO ON A BICYCLE by Shirley Hughes (Walker Books, £9.99) Shirley Hughes, familiar to most parents or, indeed, grandparents, of small children, as the creator of Alfie and his chaotic family, has now written her first novel. Hero On A Bicycle,...
Book reviews: 4 May
OUT NOW WHEN I DIE Philip Gould (Little, Brown £14.99) When a top Labour strategist who lives and breathes for politics contracts cancer it is inevitable that the language of campaigning infects his thoughts and speech. 'Everything I thought about the...
Book Reviews: 1 August
OUT NOW THE LAST VICTORIANS: A Daring Reassessment Of Four Twentieth Century Eccentrics by W Sydney Robinson (The Robson Press, £20; offer price, £16) Fascinated by his beloved grandfather’s recollections of the ‘olden days’, Robinson resolved to...

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