Books

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…

Is your journey really necessary?

13 November 2004 12:00 am

Pen Hadow goes to the North Pole quite often. For a price he’ll take you there too. When not under-…

Well, no, yes, ah

13 November 2004 12:00 am

So Meby Graham NortonHodder, £18.99, pp. 342, ISBN 0340833483 Frankie Howerd’s career was a series of comebacks. In the early…

Stooping, but not to conquer

6 November 2004 12:00 am

Here is yet another attempt to interest a wider public in classical music, in the form of a book ‘as…

From Harlesden to Zaire

6 November 2004 12:00 am

The really talented observers are not like travellers or journalists reporting colourfully on the unknown (‘Anyone here been raped and…

When the going was bad

6 November 2004 12:00 am

Billed on the cover as ‘The True Story of America’s Greatest Crime Wave’, this blockbuster movie of a volume shoots…

When the laughing had to stop

6 November 2004 12:00 am

It has been Sue Townsend’s misfortune to live on into a time of events more fantastic and of public figures…

The great enemy of dogma

6 November 2004 12:00 am

Nobody could accuse Pankaj Mishra of lacking ambition. A mixture of memoir, history, political and philosophical treatise, An End to…

A charming chap after all

6 November 2004 12:00 am

Sad to report, but this book is a gem. Why sad? Because Michael Winner, a sensitive, witty and extremely gifted…

Orphan of the Raj

6 November 2004 12:00 am

Old Filth is a barrister, a QC and unlike Trollope’s great Old Bailey cross-examiner Mr Chaffenbrass, nobody could ever say…

Dancing and death

6 November 2004 12:00 am

I thought at first that this was going to be a truly marvellous book, and in many ways it is,…

The lady’s not for exhuming

30 October 2004 12:00 am

It’s curious to reflect that in reviewing Olivia Manning’s biography alone and prominently one is paying her more attention than…

The girl who played Ophelia

30 October 2004 12:00 am

‘A truly extraordinary achievement,’ trumpets A. N. Wilson on the jacket of this book. In a sense, of course, he…