Books

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…

The man who plans to run and run

13 March 2004 12:00 am

Putin’s Progressby Peter TruscottSimon & Schuster, £17.99, pp. 370, ISBN 0743240057 Vladimir Putin will be re-elected President of Russia on…

An enchanted forest of family trees

6 March 2004 12:00 am

Michael Holroyd describes the first copy of his last book of memoirs plopping through the letterbox, the kind of moment…

God’s expeditionary force

6 March 2004 12:00 am

In the 16th century Montaigne voiced the fear that missionary endeavour — the white man’s ‘contagion’ — would hasten the…

Glories of the silver screen

6 March 2004 12:00 am

The anchoring memories of this novel go back to the second world war. That is where crucial people in the…

From education to catastrophe

6 March 2004 12:00 am

‘I do feel the strongest urge to talk,’ confides the narrator when a chance meeting with the beautiful Olivia after…

Fame was the spur

6 March 2004 12:00 am

Larry Wyler is a man in conflict. He knows what makes him happy — the St Matthew Passion, sex, a…

Full, frank and fraternal

6 March 2004 12:00 am

The Army Records Society was founded 20 years ago in order to publish original documents describing the operations and development…

The pardoner’s tale

6 March 2004 12:00 am

Books about wartime experiences are thick enough on the ground to make one wonder if it is really worth the…

Patent medicine for mankind

6 March 2004 12:00 am

Judging from his publications, since semi-retiring from his hedge fund empire George Soros has sorted out the world’s problems at…

When Hollywood trembled

6 March 2004 12:00 am

In its brief, action-filled history of 109 years the cinema has recapitulated the history of art from cave painting to…

No tendency to corrupt here

6 March 2004 12:00 am

Two things about this book — the first on the artist for over a century — are immediately off-putting: intermittent…

Spain through true blue eyes

6 March 2004 12:00 am

Richard Ford is now a forgotten figure and we must be grateful to Ian Robertson for bringing him to life…

The lure of the far horizon

6 March 2004 12:00 am

In 1795, John Evans, the son of a Methodist preacher, set out from St Louis across the unchartered plains of…