Charlotte Moore

Mother and Daughter Spinning

Alison Gopnik deplores ambitious middle-class ‘parenting’

3 September 2016 9:00 am

In the American way, the child psychologist Alison Gopnik’s new book has an attractive sound-bitey title dragging a flat-footed subtitle…

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Love like Salt: a memoir of music, motherhood and magical thinking

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Helen Stevenson’s daughter Clara has cystic fibrosis. Love Like Salt is an account of living with the disease, but it…

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The boy who rebuilt the sun on earth

4 July 2015 9:00 am

In 2008, when Taylor Wilson was 14, he created a working nuclear fusion reactor, ‘a miniature sun on earth’. At…

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Monstrous, beautiful, damaged people make for tiresome company in Polly Samson’s The Kindness

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Julian is clever, handsome and spoiled, a gilded youth who has all the girls wanting to mother him, and a…

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Powers of persuasion: how Churchill brought America on side

7 February 2015 9:00 am

In time for the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death comes this pacy novel about his attempts to persuade the Americans…

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Sabina Spielrein: from psychiatric patient to psychoanalyst

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Sabina Spielrein was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with groundbreaking ideas about the role of the reproductive drive in human psychology…

Sweeping away evidence: where in those calm, tile-floored 17th-century rooms can we even glimpse a spittoon? ‘Dutch Interior’ by Pieter Janssens Elinga

The history of the home – with the spittoons put back in

25 October 2014 9:00 am

In 1978, a family of Russian ‘Old Believers’ living in a supposedly uninhabited part of the Siberian taiga were discovered…

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Andrew Marr thinks he’s a novelist. I don’t

20 September 2014 9:00 am

It’s September 2017, and our still apparently United Kingdom is in the throes of a referendum campaign. The wise, charming,…

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In love with the lodger

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Champion Hill, Camberwell, 1922. A mother and daughter, stripped of their menfolk by the Great War, struggle to make ends…

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The Russian literary celebrity who begged Tolstoy to spare Prince Andrei

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya was a literary celebrity in pre-revolutionary St Petersburg. She chose the pen-name ‘Teffi’ because it was androgynous,…

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Start with a torpedo, and see where you go from there

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Sebastian Barry’s new novel opens with a bang, as a German torpedo hits a supply ship bound for the Gold…

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Did Hurricane Katrina have an angel of mercy — or an angel of death? 

15 February 2014 9:00 am

On 28 August 2005 — Sheri Fink’s Day One — Hurricane Katrina reached New Orleans. The National Weather Service warned…

Communal, comforting and calming: tobacco in a war zone has always been important, says Kate Adie

Why Jeremy Paxman's Great War deserves a place on your bookshelf

2 November 2013 9:00 am

The Great War involved the civilian population like no previous conflict. ‘Men, women and children, factory, workshop and army —…

The Son, by Philipp Meyer - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Colonel Eli McCullough, formerly known as Tiehteti, is a living legend. The first male child born in the Republic of…

The Professor of Poetry, by Grace McCleen - review

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Elizabeth Stone, English professor at UCL,  has long lived on ‘paper and words and thin air’. Single, friendless, dessicated, respected,…

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The Spark, by Kristine Barnett - review

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Jacob Barnett is a youthful prodigy. His IQ tested off the scale. At nine he began work on an original…

Big Brother, by Lionel Shriver - review

18 May 2013 9:00 am

‘I am white rice’ states Pandora Half-danarson, narrator of Lionel Shriver’s obesity fable. ‘I have always existed to set off…

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Servants: A Downstairs View of Twentieth-century Britain, by Lucy Lethbridge – review

16 March 2013 9:00 am

As well as having to perform countless heavy chores till all hours, servants were expected to be invisible. Charlotte Moore is fascinated by the daily’s grind

'Mimi', by Lucy Ellmann - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Harrison Hanafan is a plastic surgeon in New York. Every day, he slices and stitches deluded women, reshaping healthy flesh…

Chills, but no thrills

12 January 2013 9:00 am

‘Mary and Geordie have lost a child …Why should they feel they are entitled to grieve? It’s so commonplace.’ Paul…

Mother of sorrows

27 October 2012 9:00 am

This novella tells the story of the Crucifixion from the point of view of Mary. Contrary to art historical belief…

Another Restoration romp

1 September 2012 9:00 am

Robert Merivel made his first appearance in 1989, in Restoration, Rose Tremain’s popular and acclaimed Carolingian novel. The passage of…

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My Dear Governess, edited by Irene Goldman Price

18 August 2012 6:00 am

‘I have finished Julius Caesar since I last wrote & I cannot say that it left a very glowing impression…

Welsh wizardry

23 June 2012 6:00 am

After Brock is a slightly eccentric rite-of-passage novel rooted firmly in the Marches. In September 2009, we are told, an…

Cry freedom

21 April 2012 11:00 am

Scenes From Early Life is a rather dull title for a deeply interesting book. It is a novel; this is…