Piers Paul Read

Emile Zola: disgusted of Norwood

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Michael Rosen, a poet, journalist and prolific author of novels for children, has written an account of Emile Zola’s year’s…

Do miracles happen?

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Here’s why

An Officer and a Gentleman, by Robert Harris - review

5 October 2013 9:00 am

The Dreyfus Affair, the furore caused by a miscarriage of justice in France in 1894, is a source of perennial…

Noble Endeavours, by Miranda Seymour - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Like Miranda Seymour, the author of this considerable work on Anglo-German relations, I was raised in a Germanophile home. I…

Satan is back

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Francis is giving new voice to an unfashionable perception

Benedict XVI in perspective

16 February 2013 9:00 am

The triumphs and tribulations of Pope Benedict XVI


9 February 2013 9:00 am

In a recent exchange of emails, my Member of Parliament, Mr Andy Slaughter, told me he intended to vote in…

Horrors too close to home

5 January 2013 9:00 am

Reading this new edition of W.G. Sebald’s discursive meditation upon the blanket bombing of German civilians during the second world…

In a Greene shade

26 May 2012 4:00 pm

One of the unanticipated benefits of British rule in India is the body of distinguished writing in the English language…

A bitter legacy

8 January 2011 12:00 am

André and Simone Weil are hardly household names in Britain today, but in the world of mathematics the former is acknowledged as a genius for his work on number theory; and to many philosophers, André’s sister, Simone, is both a genius and a saint.

Misogyny is not just for men

30 June 2010 12:00 am

Piers Paul Read says that the liberation of women, and the decline of their archetypal nurturing role, has given misogyny a new and extended lease of life

Between cross and crescent

1 July 2009 12:00 am

The Last Crusaders: The Hundred Year Battle for the Centre of the World, by Barnaby Rogerson

The Muslims’ letter to the Pope is not all it seems

17 October 2007 3:37 pm

The Muslims’ letter to the Pope is not all it seems

What’s become of Baring?

10 October 2007 11:41 am

Piers Paul Read

The Pope was not attacking Islam

21 September 2006 8:45 am

Piers Paul Read says that the controversial nature of the Pope’s address has been missed in the furore over Muslim sensitivities: he was daring to equate Europe and Christendom

Post-war feuds and dilemmas

4 February 2006 12:00 am

Albert Camus was an exceptional man who lived in interest- ing times. His parents were pieds-noirs — French settlers in…

The man who should be Pope

5 March 2005 12:00 am

Piers Paul Read looks over the candidates to replace John Paul II, and says that Cardinal Ratzinger has got what it takes

Decline and ascent

15 January 2005 12:00 am

As a rule I decline to review books by old friends: it puts either one’s integrity or the friendship at…

The Catholic Cheshire Cat

3 April 2004 12:00 am

Yvonne Cloetta, the French wife of a Swiss businessman, was Graham Greene’s mistress for the last 30 or so years…

From negative to positive

20 March 2004 12:00 am

The late J. G. Farrell, author of Troubles and The Siege of Krishnapur, used to say that he never read…

A very errant knight

31 January 2004 12:00 am

Nicholas Shakespeare is one of the few contemporary British novelists who successfully integrate the political with the personal in the…