Caroline Moorehead

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…

An Egyptian comedy of errors

16 January 2016 9:00 am

The Yacoubian Building, the first novel of the Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany, sold well over a million copies in…

Paul Rosenberg with a Matisse painting in the 1930s

Picasso’s dealer

4 October 2014 9:00 am

When she was four, Anne Sinclair had her portrait painted by Marie Laurencin. It is a charming picture, a little…

Robert Capa in Picture Post, featuring his Spanish civil war photo-journalism, December 1938

The Spanish Civil War hotel that Capa, Hemingway and Gelhorn called home

21 June 2014 8:00 am

In February 1924 the Hotel Florida, a ten- storey marble-clad building with 200 rooms, a glass-roofed atrium and red plush…

Monsieur le Commandant, by Romain Slocombe - review

28 September 2013 9:00 am

There can be few characters in modern fiction more unpleasant than Paul-Jean Husson, the narrator in Romain Slocombe’s Monsieur le…

The Nile has teemed with crocodiles and hippopotami from the first century BC onwards, as this Roman mosaic shows

Red Nile, by Robert Twigger - review

25 May 2013 9:00 am

When Bernini designed his fountain of the four rivers for the Piazza Navona in Rome in 1651 he draped the…

Thinly veiled threats

2 March 2013 9:00 am

A new kind of unrest is making itself felt throughout the Arab world. Women are beginning to assert themselves and voice their frustrations, says Caroline Moorehead

Apocalypse now

12 January 2013 9:00 am

In his introduction, James Fergusson apologises for the title of his book. Somalia, he writes, may no longer be the…

Occupation Diaries, by Raja Shehadeh

18 August 2012 6:00 am

A group of friends, Palestinian and foreign, go to picnic at a wadi between Jerusalem and Jericho. They are wearing…

From Austria to Australia

4 August 2012 6:00 am

Moriz Gallia from Moravia and Hermine Hamburger from Silesia met and married in Vienna in 1893, when the city was…

Lest we forget

17 March 2012 11:15 am

It was not possible, as Primo Levi memorably wrote, to convey the full horror of the Nazi extermination camps because…

Good companions

16 July 2011 12:00 am

‘Choose your companions’, says an early Arab proverb, ‘thereafter your road.’ In the 1970s, Hugh Leach’s companion on his travels to Northern Yemen was Freya Stark, and she has become his companion again, in this affectionate hommage of photographs and short, scholarly texts.

Days of wine and shrapnel

11 September 2010 12:00 am

Virginia Cowles was a 27-year-old American journalist working for the Hearst newspapers when she went to Spain for the first time.

Stemming the human tide

5 May 2010 12:00 am

Long before the Allies landed in Normandy in June 1944 and began their advance across France, preparations were underway for what to do about the civilians who had been displaced by the German occupiers.

Light thoughts in a dark time

10 June 2009 12:00 am

Ruth Maier’s Diary, edited by Jan Erik Vold, translated by Jamie Bulloch

Poule de luxe

3 June 2009 12:00 am

‘Pauline was as beautiful as it was possible to be’, the Austrian statesman Metternich once observed.

Time out in Tuscany

4 February 2009 12:00 am

The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy, by Rachel Cusk

The yellow star of courage

22 October 2008 12:00 am

Journal, by Hélène Berr, translated from the French by David Bellos

A war of words

17 September 2008 12:00 am

Resistance: Memoirs of Occupied France, by Agnès Humbert

Of zyzzyva and syzygy

10 September 2008 12:00 am

Letterati: An Unauthorised Look at Scrabble and the People Who Play it, by Paul McCarthy

A futile solution

25 June 2008 12:00 am

Caroline Moorehead reviews the new book from Eva Figes

Less mighty than the sword

11 June 2008 12:00 am

Caroline Moorehead on Daoud Hari's memoir of Darfur

Putting the jackboot in

12 March 2008 12:00 am

Caroline Moorhead reviews the latest book from James Holland

Lost and found

6 June 2007 4:19 pm

When Starbucks in the United States decided to promote Ishmael Beah’s memoir of life as a boy soldier in Sierra…

A Frenchman for all seasons

15 March 2007 9:38 am

From soon after his death in 1838, Prince de Talleyrand, First Minister, Foreign Minister, President de Conseil and Grand Chambellan…