Books

From mourning into morning

5 March 2005 12:00 am

Grief hangs like a pall over the opening section of Christopher Rush’s account of how he came to make a…

Living it up in Paris

5 March 2005 12:00 am

The French no longer keep diaries or go in much for social memoirs. They take their secrets with them to…

Mau Mau and all that

5 March 2005 12:00 am

Surprisingly (but maybe not to those who knew him well) it was the Duke of Devonshire who, having been appointed…

Once upon a funny old time . . .

5 March 2005 12:00 am

The drama of this book is not its contents but its frame, the sense of what might have been that…

A tale of January and May

5 March 2005 12:00 am

So you’d like your child to be a successful writer (as the classified ads might say)? Well, the least you…

Going astray abroad

5 March 2005 12:00 am

These days we are all sophisticates, or so we like to think. Thanks to the media and the internet we…

Trouble at the sex factory

5 March 2005 12:00 am

I should perhaps declare, not an interest quite, or at least not only an interest, but an expertise. Ten years…

Bad presentation of a good cause

5 March 2005 12:00 am

Brian MacArthur’s credits as an author include three Penguin anthologies and a tribute to Princess Diana. He embarked on the…

A star but not a team player

5 March 2005 12:00 am

In January 1942 Orson Welles finished filming The Magnificent Ambersons, his follow-up to Citizen Kane (1941). When he flew to…

Mother both superior and inferior

5 March 2005 12:00 am

In January 1831 26-year-old Aurore Dupin Duvenant abandoned her secure provincial existence, her husband and small children, and set out…

School for scandal

26 February 2005 12:00 am

The time is the late 1990s; the setting a boarding school called Hailsham. This being a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro,…

The way of the world

26 February 2005 12:00 am

This book stands in an ancient intellectual tradition. Its theme dates back to the year 1798, in which the English…

Stories about story-telling

26 February 2005 12:00 am

The story that John Barth has to tell is that he had planned a book, to be entitled Ten Nights…

The grass below, above, the vaulted sky

26 February 2005 12:00 am

It was soon after he finished work on Flora Britannica, his hugely successful book about the wild plants he had…

The cutting edge of medicine

26 February 2005 12:00 am

In 1767, John Hunter, a 39-year-old surgeon, performed an experiment on venereal disease. In order to prove the hypothesis that…

The frozen, unruly north

26 February 2005 12:00 am

John Gimlette is a writer of vivid comical prose, whose first travel book appeared under the title At the Tomb…

How much of a saint?

26 February 2005 12:00 am

Most biographies are written against a sketchy background of historical events drawn with just enough broad strokes of the brush…

Defeat and betrayal

19 February 2005 12:00 am

When Paul Foot died last July, he was more widely and deeply mourned than any other journalist for years past,…

Micawber with a touch of Skimpole

19 February 2005 12:00 am

Biographers, in their desperate search for a suitable subject hitherto undiscovered by their professional colleagues, sometimes light on a figure…

Baby, it’s cold outside

19 February 2005 12:00 am

The very title of Leaving Home announces a quintessential Brook- ner theme. A heroine in her novels will always face…

The limits of post-mortem knowledge

19 February 2005 12:00 am

Not many collections of old reviews and lectures make worthwhile books, no matter how skilfully topped and tailed; but everything…

Pigtails among the haystacks

19 February 2005 12:00 am

During the bitter winter that seized Britain in earnest at the end of January 1947, the children of the village…

You can’t go home again

19 February 2005 12:00 am

Bombay, the biggest city on the planet, is built on a combination of palm fronds, fish entrails and the dreams…

There shone one woman

19 February 2005 12:00 am

In January 1798 Talleyrand gave a magnificent ball designed to honour Josephine, who had married Bona- parte two years earlier.…

The decline of the West?

19 February 2005 12:00 am

David Thomson is one of a handful of highbrow film critics writing today, along with Ron Rosen- baum and David…