Books

Sorry symptoms trendily diagnosed

27 March 2004 12:00 am

It’s no surprise that one of Alain de Botton’s favoured sources, in a text well-sprigged with neat citations, should be…

How the eagles were tamed

27 March 2004 12:00 am

In AD 9 the Roman general Varus at the head of three legions was surprised by German forces in the…

Behind the curtains, beyond the gate

27 March 2004 12:00 am

‘Thank God that even in a family no one knows anyone else’s private thoughts! The meannesses of her own mind…

Labour’s forgotten army

27 March 2004 12:00 am

If Slim’s 14th was the ‘Forgotten Army’ of the second world war, then the trade union Right and its sponsored…

Hands across three centuries

27 March 2004 12:00 am

Artemisia Gentileschi (b. 1593) is a feminist icon of such power that she has penetrated even to these islands, for…

A very different sort of Balfour

27 March 2004 12:00 am

Everyone — well, almost everyone — knows that in 1895, while The Importance of Being Earnest was packing in the…

Watching the ranks closing

20 March 2004 12:00 am

William Russell was a young American who worked as a clerk in the US embassy in Berlin at the time…

Neither short nor sharp nor shocking

20 March 2004 12:00 am

To be fair to him, George C. Schoolfield, of Yale University, does admit in his opening sentence that ‘movement’ may…

That was the week that was

20 March 2004 12:00 am

Autism is in the air. Newspaper articles, television programmes and new books abound. It was not always thus; when Liam…

An inspector recalls

20 March 2004 12:00 am

When Hans Blix first became the UN’s chief Iraqi weapons inspector, journalists joked that his name made him sound like…

Overbearing and undermining

20 March 2004 12:00 am

A hundred and twenty years ago, the global hyper-power invaded a strategic Middle Eastern country. It talked of self-government but…

Blundering after a bird

20 March 2004 12:00 am

Anyone who gave themselves the pleasure of reading Death and the Penguin should certainly treat themselves to this sequel. And…

Doing something about your mind

20 March 2004 12:00 am

Peter Conradi is a retired academic best known for his critical work on Iris Murdoch and, more recently, as her…

The greatest show on earth

20 March 2004 12:00 am

This generously illustrated book serves two purposes. First of all, it celebrates the centenary of the reopening of the Crystal…

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…

Behaving badly abroad

20 March 2004 12:00 am

The First Crusade is one of the great historical adventures. Whatever one may think of the consequences or the moral…

Ungumming the ‘papist’ label

20 March 2004 12:00 am

This book is so important and good it deserves a more crowd-pulling title. Besides, is ‘Revival’ the right word? True,…

The year of the comet

20 March 2004 12:00 am

The Battle of Hastings, 1066by M. K. Lawson Tempus, £25, pp. 252, ISBN 0752426893 The Bayeux Tapestry, nearly 75 yards…

Secrets of the parsonage

13 March 2004 12:00 am

Of the hundreds of books I have reviewed in the last half century only two could be classified as definitive.…

From Wickquasgeck to Broadway

13 March 2004 12:00 am

I have a fantasy of returning to ancient London and finding the way to my Camden home, just using the…

Dishing only some of the dirt

13 March 2004 12:00 am

This book, which presents itself as a no-holds-barred account of Joe Eszterhas’s reign as the toughest and most highly-paid screenwriter…

Soldiering on in Spain

13 March 2004 12:00 am

‘For his part, she filled a significant void in his human intercourse (he had been happy when he found the…

The portrait of a gentleman

13 March 2004 12:00 am

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Autumnal northern lights

13 March 2004 12:00 am

Where are the songs of Spring? Well, certainly not in these short stories about people in crabbed old age or…

A Light Blue victory

13 March 2004 12:00 am

‘SCIENCE’S GREATEST DISCOVERY.’ So ran the front-page headline of the Reynolds’ Illustrated News on 1 May, 1932, the article underneath…