Caroline Moore

The magnificent Clifden Nonpareil — or Blue Underwing — faced extinction as a breeding species in Britain. There are now at least four colonies thriving in Sussex

Who — or what — is the African, the Stranger and the One-eyed Sphinx?

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Since childhood, Caroline Moore has been captivated by the fragile, silky, shimmering beauty of moths —  and by their enchanting names

Albert Camus photographed at home in 1947

The sheer strangeness of Albert Camus’s imagination

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Looking for the Outsider is the biography of a novel, from conception through publication to critical reception. Alice Kaplan’s life-story…

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…

A Girl in Exile: Ismail Kadare’s novel is full of absence

26 March 2016 9:00 am

My last review for The Spectator was of Julian Barnes’s biographical novel about Shostakovitch. A Girl in Exile also depicts…

The tortured genius of Shostakovich

23 January 2016 9:00 am

When I look at the black-and-white photograph of Julian Barnes on the flap of his latest book, the voice of…

Author William Boyd (Photo: Getty)

For William Boyd's war-photographer heroine, life is a series of accidents

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Amory Clay, photographer and photo-journalist, was born in 1908, only two years after Logan Mountstuart, writer, poseur and ‘scribivelard’. Amory…

An epic journey (in Hobson-Jobsonese) through the first Opium War to the British seizure of Hong Kong

23 May 2015 9:00 am

T.H. White complained that the characters in Walter Scott’s historical novels talked ‘like imitation warming pans’: those in Amitav Ghosh’s…

Lurid & Cute is too true to its title

24 January 2015 9:00 am

One of the duties of a reviewer is to alert potential readers to the flavour and content of a book,…

Antonello da Messina’s ‘Condottiere’: the compelling face of a supremely confident man

Which great French novelist was also a crossword-setter?

15 November 2014 9:00 am

One could have endless fun setting quiz questions about Georges Perec. Which French novelist had a scientific paper, ‘Experimental demonstration…

An escape from New South Wales

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Thomas Keneally has constructed his latest novel around a framework of true events: the mass break-out of Japanese PoWs from…

The Roth of tenderness and of rage

4 January 2014 9:00 am

In the autumn of 2012, Philip Roth told a French magazine that his latest book, Nemesis, would be his last.…

Multiples, edited by Adam Thirlwell - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

There is a hoary Cold War joke about a newly invented translating machine. On a test run, the CIA scientists…

'The City of Devi', by Manil Suri – review

6 April 2013 9:00 am

Manil Suri’s novel is like a ‘masala movie’ — a Bombay mix of genres, spicy, often subtle, often corny, and…

Entry to the sacred grove

3 December 2011 11:00 am

Some readers may wonder if we need this book. Surely, the argument might go, one can summon up potted ‘lives’…

The gentle touch

8 January 2011 12:00 am

My main disappointment with this collection of stories was that I had already read six of them, in publications ranging from the New Yorker to the Guardian.

Dark Satanic thrills

4 September 2010 12:00 am

If you have not yet gone on holiday, do pack The Anatomy of Ghosts. It is excellent airport reading; and this is no trivial recommendation.

Stuff and nonsense

9 June 2010 12:00 am

Yann Martel’s second novel, The Life of Pi, a fable with animals, won the Man Booker Prize in 2002 and was translated into 38 languages.

The old Adam

28 April 2010 12:00 am

Final Demands is the third volume in Frederic Raphael’s trilogy, which began with the publication of The Glittering Prizes in 1976.

Joking apart

16 September 2009 12:00 am

Free association underpins the comedy of Lorrie Moore’s writing — or perhaps the verb should be ‘unpins’, since her prose spins off in tangential, apparently affectless riffs.

Ticking the boxes

26 August 2009 12:00 am

The Escape, by Adam Thirlwell

An irresistible highbrow

29 April 2009 12:00 am

The Children’s Book, by A. S. Byatt

Plagued by plagiarism

29 December 2008 12:00 am

And Then There Was No One, by Gilbert Adair

Hungry for love

22 October 2008 12:00 am

Love All, by Elizabeth Jane Howard

Rekindling life in a dead frame

3 September 2008 12:00 am

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, by Peter Ackroyd

The irritation of Jean

18 June 2008 12:00 am

Caroline Moore on Isabel Fonseca's first novel