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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: 9 May
OUT NOW THE SMOKE IS RISING by Mahesh Rao (Daunt Books, £14.99; offer price, £13.49) The independent bookshop of iconic carrier-bag fame has launched its first original work of fiction. Set in the city of Mysore in contemporary India, it is densely...
Book Reviews: 2 May
OUT NOW FAMILY LIFE by Akhil Sharma (Faber & Faber, £14.99; offer price, £12.49) Sharma’s largely autobiographical novel explores childhood experiences of emigration from India to America in the 1970s. Young Ajay Mishra, his parents and brother,...
Book Reviews: 25 April
OUT NOW THE QUICK by Lauren Owen (Jonathan Cape, £12.99; offer price, £11.69) ‘There were owls in the nursery’ is an irresistible opening line: a whispered promise of gentle mysteries. In the first few chapters, Owen recreates the familiar world of the...
Book Reviews: 11 April
OUT NOW PARLIAMENT THE BIOGRAPHY: VOLUME by Chris Bryant (Doubleday, £25; offer price, £20) Fixing the date of the first English parliament has proved difficult for historians. With a politician’s pragmatism, Chris Bryant cuts through the semantic...
Book Reviews: 4 April
OUT NOW SONG FOR AN APPROACHING STORM by Peter Fröberg Idling (Pushkin Press, £12.99; offer price, £11.69) It’s rare to come across such a confident debut novel, structured with meticulous attention to historical detail, but allowing room to flex the...
The Zero Theorem
When Terry Gilliam and I were governors of the British Film Institute we sat together at committee meetings, doodling. I hid my doodles because they were childlike; his, of course, were bloody brilliant. But then as he showed with his drawings for...
Book Reviews: 28 March
OUT NOW TALKING TO OURSELVES by Andrés Neuman, translated by Nick Caistor and Lorenza García (Pushkin Press, £8.99; offer price, £8.54) Neuman captures a family under strain in this skilfully executed tale of secrets and confl icting loyalties. Mario,...
Book Reviews: 21 March
OUT NOW SHEILA: THE AUSTRALIAN INGENUE WHO BEWITCHED BRITISH SOCIETY by Robert Wainwright (Allen & Unwin, £14.99; offer price, £13.49) The charismatic Sheila Chisholm, who galloped through high society in the early 20th century, later vanished into the...
Only Lovers Left Alive
More vampires? Eurgh, no thanks. From the hordes of mournful teenage biters that have been so fashionable of late, to the stroppy decapitators in all those ultra-violent horror movies, I was so bored of vampires before I saw this film that I didn’t...
Book Reviews: 14 March
OUT NOW THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS: Three Sisters At The Heart Of Power by Claudia Renton (William Collins, £25; offer price, £20) Writing about three complex women who were born 150 years ago is not easy, but Renton carries out the task with panache,...
Book Reviews: 7 March
OUT NOW THE LOVE BOOK EDITED by Allie Esiri (Square Peg, £20; offer price, £15.95) Esiri, creator of the acclaimed poetry app iF Poems, has brought together an inspired selection of classic and contemporary texts on amatory themes, in an elegantly...
The Daily: February 28
Angela Merkel takes tea with the Queen The German Chancellor Angela Merkel took tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace yesterday, after addressing both Houses of Parliament in the Royal Gallery of Westminster Palace and meeting with David Cameron, who...
Book Reviews: 28 February
OUT NOW LOVE LETTERS: 2000 YEARS OF ROMANCE, edited by Andrea Clarke (The British Library, £12.95; offer price, £11.65) A handwritten love letter is a rare luxury today. Drawing on The British Library’s archives, Clarke’s selection ranges from...
Book Reviews: 21 February
OUT NOW THE FOLLOWING GIRLS by Louise Levene (Bloomsbury Circus, £16.99; offer price, £13.99) Levene’s new novel has all the authenticity of a memoir, with her seemless knack for drawing characters that fully inhabit their historical setting. This is...
Book Reviews: 14 February
OUT NOW THE LIBRARY OF UNREQUITED LOVE by Sophie Divry, translated by Siân Reynolds (MacLehose Press, £6.99; offer price, £6.64) A buttoned-up French librarian turns up to work one morning to find a reader asleep in the basement, having been...
Book Reviews: 7 February
OUT NOW MEMOIRS OF A MOTHERINLAW by George R Sims (Alma Classics, £9.99; offer price, £9.49) This rediscovered classic is a satirical gem worth savouring. Penned in 1892, it paints a hilarious picture of Victorian social mores and attitudes. Assuming...
Book Reviews: 31 January
OUT NOW FLAPPERS by Pamela Horn (Amberley, £9.99; offer price, £12.34) Last year’s release of a new Great Gatsby film adaptation, coupled with the success of Downton Abbey on the small screen, has seen a rise in popularity for all things 1920s. But...
Book Reviews: 24 January
OUT NOW ELIZABETH OF YORK by Alison Weir (Random House, £20; offer price, £15.95) This biography of Edward IV’s daughter neatly bridges Alison Weir’s previous books on the Plantagenets and Tudors. Elizabeth went from princess to refugee twice, before...
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...

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