Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, arrives at Birla House in Mussoorie, India, after fleeing from Tibet, April 1959 (Photo: Getty)

How the Dalai Lama escaped Tibet in 1959

1 October 2016 9:00 am

On the night of 17 March 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama, aged 23, slipped out of the Norbulinka, his summer…

Author Emma Donoghue (Photo: Getty)

Emma Donoghue’s novel The Wonder reviewed

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Emma Donoghue’s novel Room was short-listed for the 2010 Man Booker prize and made into a film in 2015. Inspired…

Best of friends: George, Matt and.... Solange (Photo: Getty)

Marie Darrieuuecq’s novel Men reviewed

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Marie Darrieussecq shot to literary fame in France when her bestselling debut, Pig Tales (1996), was a finalist for the…

More than just a pretty face: Elizabeth Jane Howard in 1968 with husband Kingsley Amis – the biggest leech of all

Elizabeth Jane Howard and the men who let her down

24 September 2016 9:00 am

D.J. Taylor welcomes a sympathetic and comprehensive new biography of the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard

The Limb of Limehouse, from Punch, 1932

Citizen Clem is the biography of a national figure not a Labour man

24 September 2016 9:00 am

History teaches no lessons but we insist on trying to learn from it. There is no political party more sentimental…

Author Amos Oz (Photo: Getty)

Hard thinking in Jerusalem

24 September 2016 9:00 am

‘Here is a story from the winter days of the end of 1959 and the beginning of 1960,’ announces the…

A battle between Crusaders and Muslims from ‘Le Roman de Godfroi de Bouillon’, French School, 14th century

Are the Crusades over? Not for this biographer

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The 12th-century crusader Reynald de Chatillon was one of the most controversial men of his time, and his new biographer…

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…