Books

The last brick put in place

14 December 2002 12:00 am

The publication of this volume marks the completion of Joseph Frank’s enormous biography of Fyodor Dostoevsky, a work which he…

The doubting priest

14 December 2002 12:00 am

As Schindler’s Ark shows, Thomas Keneally is at his best bringing the past to life undaunted either by the importance…

Danger: man at work

14 December 2002 12:00 am

My heart is always lifted when a book begins with a map; it is like getting on a plane, we…

Valuable second opinions

14 December 2002 12:00 am

Professor Roger Louis’s own expertise is in British imperial history; he edited the three-volume Oxford History of the British Empire.…

A fine solo performance

14 December 2002 12:00 am

The sort of young person who once drifted into publishing now fiddles about with computers instead. The trade has been…

The penis mightier than the sword

14 December 2002 12:00 am

Next time you’re stuck for conversation at a dinner party, why not use one of these fascinating facts to break…

Uncle to the nation

14 December 2002 12:00 am

It was only when David Attenborough’s autobiography arrived for review that I realised I had been dodging his television programmes…

A choice of children’s books

14 December 2002 12:00 am

This year my village school, like hundreds of others, is scrimping and saving to afford that Holy Grail of modern…

Grand, ritzy and splendid

14 December 2002 12:00 am

A consolation of being an international foot-in-the-door man in the 1970s, albeit one selling Monets and Moores, not Hoovers, was…

Home is where the snow is

14 December 2002 12:00 am

Some songs are hits – Number One for a couple of weeks. Some songs are standards – they endure decade…

Out of the commonplace

14 December 2002 12:00 am

The following extracts are taken from George Lyttelton’s Commonplace Book Zeuxis was said to have painted grapes on a boy’s…

Tony at the Travellers: Anthony Powell as clubman

14 December 2002 12:00 am

‘We might go straight into lunch

The greatest Briton

7 December 2002 12:00 am

MAN OF THE CENTURY: WINSTON CHURCHILL AND HIS LEGENDby John Ramsden HarperCollins, £25, pp. 652, ISBN 002570343 In January 1965…

Found and lost

7 December 2002 12:00 am

Byron Rogers for years wrote the ‘Village Voice’ column in the Daily Telegraph, and this collection of articles on his…

What will the oracle answer?

7 December 2002 12:00 am

THE WEST AND THE RESTby Roger ScrutonContinuum, £12.99, pp. 196, ISBN 0826464963 Two reincarnations of the Old Oligarch – alike…

Playing with Henry James

7 December 2002 12:00 am

The theme of Henry James’s The Aspern Papers is well known: an unscrupulous biographer seeks the unpublished papers of his…

A selection of art books

7 December 2002 12:00 am

I cannot think of many less festive offerings than Richard Avedon Portraits (Abrams, £24.95), but it has to be admitted…

Smoothing the rough edges

7 December 2002 12:00 am

Much is made by writers these days of the need for ‘getting distance’, for putting frontiers, oceans, whole continents between…

Not rushing to judgment

7 December 2002 12:00 am

It is hard to overpraise this admirable – indeed one would have thought impossible – account of the history of…

The price of admission

7 December 2002 12:00 am

I first met Tim Slessor when we were contemporary undergraduates at Cambridge, half a century ago. Etched into my memory…

A choice of funny books

7 December 2002 12:00 am

‘I don’t know if it is a sign of old age,’ wrote P. G. Wodehouse in the mid-1950s, ‘but I…

Pure and impure genius

7 December 2002 12:00 am

As Hamlet said, ‘Look here upon this picture and on this.’ Early this year Garry O’Connor produced a book about…

Master of the shrug

30 November 2002 12:00 am

Long long ago, they used to say that the difference between the Hohenzollerns and the Habsburgs was this. In Berlin,…

The lines are immaterial

30 November 2002 12:00 am

I once met a thoroughly heterosexual old naval officer who had been a midshipman on the ship that sailed to…

Stooping to conquer

30 November 2002 12:00 am

Anthony Lane has been film critic for the New Yorker since 1993, and the light lash of his humour is…