Books

Around the world in 18 cookery books

20 November 2004 12:00 am

Long before she became a finger- lickin’ television star Nigella Lawson’s ability to conjure tastes in vivid prose and her…

Recent crime novels

20 November 2004 12:00 am

Rumpole is back with us. In Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer (Viking, £16.99) Rumpole is writing…

Very down under

20 November 2004 12:00 am

One of the things which drew Nicholas Shakespeare to Tas- mania was that it was one of the few remote…

A typically Tuscan joke

20 November 2004 12:00 am

There is something irresistible about forgers, cocking a snook as they do at their target establishments — in this case…

The sea that retreated

20 November 2004 12:00 am

The most startling historical fact I have come upon in recent years is on page 62 of this book. In…

A soldier’s angle of observation

20 November 2004 12:00 am

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Heroes of the world of words

20 November 2004 12:00 am

I should like to claim the credit for the Bloomsbury English Dictionary’s inclusion of the word carminative. It did not…

The doubtful eye of the beholder

20 November 2004 12:00 am

In this historic moment of struggle between freedom and tyranny, with the destinies of entire nations hanging in the balance,…

The bad old times recorded

20 November 2004 12:00 am

The inconsistency between how they lived their own lives — the sort of people that they seemed to be —…

What the President saw

20 November 2004 12:00 am

A staff writer for the Boston Globe, Mark Feeley is also a lecturer in American Studies at Brandeis University. I…

Living with the Inspector

20 November 2004 12:00 am

In this ingenious ‘double biography’, which covers not only her own life and that of her late husband, the peerless…

After the fall

20 November 2004 12:00 am

There is nothing new about the ‘had-it-all, lost-it-all’ plot. It provides common ground for the story of Adam and Eve…

Where Vlad once impaled

20 November 2004 12:00 am

If the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu, the Romanian dictator, is one of those world events that many people remember very…

New technology, component costs and product placement

13 November 2004 12:00 am

The fashion for novelty is scarcely, well, novel. In the 18th century Dr Johnson warned that the frenzy for the…

Copses and corpses

13 November 2004 12:00 am

What a welcome change from the energetic staccato style of many modern thrillers is this, Rennie Airth’s second book. No…

Private pain and public glory

13 November 2004 12:00 am

How a timid, subdued, frustrated man from Buenos Aires, with failing eyesight and blind for the last part of his…

Trenchant but tendentious

13 November 2004 12:00 am

R. W. Johnson’s book purports to be a history of South Africa, from the emergence of humankind to the last…

Cooking the books

13 November 2004 12:00 am

Churchill conceded that the ultimate verdict on his conduct of the second world war would have to be left to…

Finding and losing a voice

13 November 2004 12:00 am

What does it take to turn artistic talent into its full creative expression? Then, once you’ve found your authentic artistic…

The end of the pied piper

13 November 2004 12:00 am

At the age of 13, William Norton, the son of a police sergeant and a Post Office worker, wrote to…

A conservative convict

13 November 2004 12:00 am

At the moment, a whole room of the Sainsbury wing in the Nation- al Gallery is devoted to Carlo Crivelli…

Worth a mass of detail

13 November 2004 12:00 am

No one wants to write a history of Paris from Caesar to Sarkozy. Histories that are largely political, which tell…

Past, present and future at odds

13 November 2004 12:00 am

There are eerie parallels between the career of the author of this all too brief masterpiece and that of Nicolai…

Playing the marriage market

13 November 2004 12:00 am

Although the publishers assure us that this study of three sisters is ‘one of glamour, money and love in equal…

Just mad about horses

13 November 2004 12:00 am

A Year at the Races, the title of this extraordinary book by Jane Smiley, is the peg on which to…