Author Jay Mcinnerney (Photo: Getty)

Jay McInerney and other 1980s survivors

24 September 2016 9:00 am

It’s 2008 in Manhattan, and there’s still a brief window for the Goldman bankers to swill their ’82 Petrus before…


Sitting comfortably? The Good Immigrant will change that

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays about black and ethnic minority experience and identity in Britain today, is inconsistent,…

Supporters of President Erdogan in the aftermath of this summer’s attempted coup

The trouble with Turkey

24 September 2016 9:00 am

I remember an American author once saying she wrote about love and friendship because, after all, these were the fundamental…

Old Photographs

A son’s search for the mother he never met

24 September 2016 9:00 am

To tell this story of his search for a mother lost to mystery in early infancy, its author uses the…

Protesting outside Chicago Police headquarters, 31 December 1915

The American way of murder: investigating the deaths of children and teenagers in the USA

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Picking a day at random, ‘an unremarkable Saturday in America’, the Guardian journalist Gary Younge identified ten children and teenagers…

The eighth-century Codex Amiatinus, executed at Jarrow, shows Christ in Majesty with angels and the Four Evangelists (English School)

Your best chance to see the world’s most beautiful manuscripts

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The world’s greatest illuminated manuscripts are now so fragile they are permanently locked away.Christopher de Hamel provides the next best thing to seeing them for ourselves, says Jonathan Sumption

One of many versions of Monet’s water lilies

Monet’s Water Lilies – his Great War gift to France

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Claude Monet wanted to be buried in a buoy. ‘This idea seemed to please him,’ his friend Gustave Geffroy wrote.…

New one hundred dollar bills piled on top of each other

The sad, paranoid world of America’s rich right

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Talk about plutocracy and oligarchy has become commonplace in America, as the billionaire class grows ever richer and seemingly more…

US Army  on the Gothic Line, Lucca, Italy, September 16th 1944 (Photo: Getty)

Hell was fighting the Nazis

17 September 2016 9:00 am

When Rome fell to the Allies on 5 June 1944 General Harold Alexander, commander of the 15th Army, calculated that…

Tama Janowitz with rocker Nick Rhodes (Photo: Getty)

Tama Janowitz doesn’t write to be liked, just as well

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Tama Janowitz’s memoir is a relentlessly cheerless and bitter collection of vignettes. Between tales of her purportedly miserly, creepy and…

Young girl with hat. Hides her face.Depression.

Quietly uncovered: the truth about shyness

17 September 2016 9:00 am

You might have thought that the last thing shy people need is a book about shyness: a large part of…

Carl Gustav Jung and his wife Emma in Vienna, 1907

Emma Jung and her impossible husband

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Emma Rauschenbach was the daughter of rich Swiss industrialists — a plump, good-natured girl, nicknamed ‘Sunny’, who married young without…

Nicholas Roerich’s near-Impressionistic Himalayas, painted on a wooden panel

Jan Morris on explorers’ artistic treasures

17 September 2016 9:00 am

All alone on page 313 of this spectacular book, a tattered but heroic flag flies in a painting of an…

Author Eimear McBride (Photo: Getty)

Can Eimear McBride do it again?

17 September 2016 9:00 am

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Eimear McBride’s acclaimed, prize-winning debut, felt like a one-off, not the beginning of a…

Too much clutter: Gina Lollobrigida reorganises her wardrobe

When does a collector turn into a hoarder?

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The enormous desk on which I am writing this is swamped by four precarious piles of books, one topped by…

Actress Musidora, 1912 (Photo: Getty)

Anicet, the great Dadaist novel

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Anicet is, as its cover proclaims, a Dadaist novel, reissued on the centenary of its composition. Louis Aragon would doubtless…

The coronation of Henry the Young King (Photo: Getty)

Young Henry – England’s lost king

17 September 2016 9:00 am

It is one of the great set-pieces of high drama in English history. The king, shamed by his part in…

Best seller

The computer that spots hit novels

17 September 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago, a reporter from the Chicago Tribune stumbled upon what was widely reported as ‘the Holy Grail…

A miserable day’s fishing from Southend Pier in the 1930s

The eerie power of the Thames Estuary

17 September 2016 9:00 am

You find it in the vistas of skeletal metal gangways, the abandoned 18th-century forts, the squat oil holders and rusted…


Artificial Intelligence has become the next big thing – again

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Back in 2012, a team at Google built a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence network and fed it ten million randomly selected…

Beryl Bainbridge, photographed at home in London in 1980

The indiscreet charm of Beryl Bainbridge

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Philip Hensher found Beryl Bainbridge’s gamine charm irresistible — as did all of literary London. What a pity, then, that her biographer fails to capture it

Robinson Crusoe — with more company than Alexander Selkirk enjoyed

The story behind the story of Robinson Crusoe

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Some years ago, when I stepped from an unstable boat onto Juan Fernández island, a friendly man took my bag…

The Teotihuacan pyramids, near Mexico City

From Buenos Aires to Miami — at breakneck speed

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Bogotá airport, immigration form in hand. Tourist, migrant, businessman? Andrés Neuman ponders the descriptors, unsure which to tick. He opts…

Author Jonathan Safran Foer (photo: Getty)

Is Jonathan Safran Foer having a midlife crisis?

10 September 2016 9:00 am

For Jonathan Safran Foer fans and sceptics alike, Here I Am comes as a wonderful gift, a truly painful, honest…

A demonstration in Petrograd is broken up in July 1917

Champagne and revolution in Petrograd, 1917

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Helen Rappaport’s new book makes no claim to be a complete account of the Russian revolution. Instead it presents a…