Books

Swagger, colour and dash

31 August 2002 12:00 am

A. N. Wilson claims that he can imagine nothing more agreeable than the life of a country parson, ‘born in…

This side of greatness

31 August 2002 12:00 am

If Kafka had never existed, critics might now be using the word Warneresque, instead of Kafkaesque, to describe the sort…

A set of linked doodles

31 August 2002 12:00 am

The niceties of Saul Steinberg’s cartoon drawings are doodle-related. Figures begin at the nose, become elaborately hatted and shod and…

Regret, guilt and exhilaration

31 August 2002 12:00 am

EDITH WHARTON’S FRENCH RIVIERAby Philippe Collas and Eric VilledaryFlammarion, £22.50, pp. 149, ISBN 2080107224 London, even in normal years, is…

A second passage to India

31 August 2002 12:00 am

In September 1946 a 23-year-old Englishwoman sailed for India in one of the first passenger liners to be reconverted from…

Fiddler on the run

24 August 2002 12:00 am

This is the story of a strange and intense friendship between two orthodox Jews, one a violinist seen as the…

Of rats and men

24 August 2002 12:00 am

This racy tale of plague in the modern era focuses on two outbreaks 100 years apart: Hong Kong 1894 and…

From agony to ecstasy

24 August 2002 12:00 am

This is a selection of the original letters written in the 1870s by the Victorian globe-trotter, Isabella Bird, to her…

Obsessive, compulsive behaviour

24 August 2002 12:00 am

The young author of this survey of our childlike passion for grabbing a thing and shouting ‘it’s mine!’ is good…

All the world wondered

24 August 2002 12:00 am

Every cavalryman must envy the hero of this book. Between 1936 and 1941 he led no less than five charges…