Books

The triumph of outrage

25 January 2003 12:00 am

In this book Russell Martin seeks to explain to the common reader how Picasso’s largest canvas, measuring 11′ 6” high…

Blair’s lack of ‘process’

18 January 2003 12:00 am

What is really wrong with the Blair government? The unease it excites is at least as strong on the articulate…

Going with the wind

18 January 2003 12:00 am

It is rare for a first novel to be launched with the degree of enthusiasm that Fourth Estate have bestowed…

A young explorer of horror

18 January 2003 12:00 am

How many people have heard of Michael Reeves? Most biographies are written about famous people or people who hobnob with…

Education via the gymnasium

18 January 2003 12:00 am

Sven Lindqvist used to be a fairly flabby intellectual Swede with a natural disclination to engage in any kind of…

Recent first novels

18 January 2003 12:00 am

I selected Overnight to Innsbruck by Denyse Woods by chance from the reviewing shelf and discovered a real treat of…

Keeping one’s head above water in Venice

18 January 2003 12:00 am

I have an unusually vivid recollection of the first time I met John Hall. I went to his flat in…

To fame by leaps and bounds

11 January 2003 12:00 am

Here is an astonishing book. It is a biography of Rudolph Nureyev written as a piece of fiction, but it…

The third man

11 January 2003 12:00 am

In the 1840s and 50s, Douglas Jerrold, Dickens and Thackeray were the three best known literary men in England, and…

An early lead lost

11 January 2003 12:00 am

In 1926 Simon Marks, head of a little-known chain of penny bazaars called Marks & Spencer, placed an order for…

High prairie, low life

4 January 2003 12:00 am

Annie Proulx’s latest work is a strange hybrid. It is more a series of short stories than a novel; and…

Alpha minus query

4 January 2003 12:00 am

VOLUME I: THE MODERN MOVEMENT VOLUME TWO: THE TWO NATURESwith a foreword by William Boyd As a formula for failure,…

A monkey puzzle of a family tree

4 January 2003 12:00 am

Michael Kr

When conscience is a doubtful guide

4 January 2003 12:00 am

In the summer, I met a man who made his living by selling computer hardware he found discarded around London’s…

Remembering to forget

4 January 2003 12:00 am

In this exploration of her pain, terror, and ten years of barely surviving the trauma of rape and near-murder, Susan…

The disappearing guru

4 January 2003 12:00 am

In 1909, in a late letter to his brother, Henry James bemoaned the fact that the ‘novel of ideas’ –…

Browsing for escape

28 December 2002 12:00 am

The fine, rusty-gold building of the University Press presides over Walton Street in Oxford with its more monumental than collegiate…

Mr Nice and Mr Nasty

28 December 2002 12:00 am

Quentin Crisp was, among other delightful things, a human paradox. He loathed the Gay Liberation Movement as bitterly as he…

Off the straight and narrow

28 December 2002 12:00 am

The picture of a maverick which emerges from this book is ever more strongly drawn. In this sequel to his…

A congregation of clergymen

28 December 2002 12:00 am

This highly readable selection of obituaries is based on the original more general collections of Hugh Massingberd. His object was…

The higher the fewer

28 December 2002 12:00 am

What to do if you plan a book whose essence is a single parachute drop? And what to do if,…

God’s own country

28 December 2002 12:00 am

Photographs by Mark J. Rattenbury Further details are available on the archive website, www.somerset.gov.uk/archives/exmoor This is a puzzlingly titled book.…

The making of the Taleban

28 December 2002 12:00 am

I saw the first tourists arriving in Afghanistan this summer. I saw their incredulity at the graveyard of crumpled aeroplanes…

The music of the language

14 December 2002 12:00 am

Wodehouse, all in all, is lasting astonishingly well. His world is dated, but then it was always dated; it is…

Opportunists and tacticians, but poor strategists

14 December 2002 12:00 am

On the back of the dust cover there proudly appears the following quote from the Sunday Times towards the end…