Books

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…

Dogs in Greece, a nuisance

14 December 2002 12:00 am

In ‘The Sussex Vampires’, Watson takes down from the shelf the great index volume for V; Holmes balances it on…

The last brick put in place

14 December 2002 12:00 am

The publication of this volume marks the completion of Joseph Frank’s enormous biography of Fyodor Dostoevsky, a work which he…

The doubting priest

14 December 2002 12:00 am

As Schindler’s Ark shows, Thomas Keneally is at his best bringing the past to life undaunted either by the importance…

Danger: man at work

14 December 2002 12:00 am

My heart is always lifted when a book begins with a map; it is like getting on a plane, we…

Valuable second opinions

14 December 2002 12:00 am

Professor Roger Louis’s own expertise is in British imperial history; he edited the three-volume Oxford History of the British Empire.…

A fine solo performance

14 December 2002 12:00 am

The sort of young person who once drifted into publishing now fiddles about with computers instead. The trade has been…

The penis mightier than the sword

14 December 2002 12:00 am

Next time you’re stuck for conversation at a dinner party, why not use one of these fascinating facts to break…

Uncle to the nation

14 December 2002 12:00 am

It was only when David Attenborough’s autobiography arrived for review that I realised I had been dodging his television programmes…

A choice of children’s books

14 December 2002 12:00 am

This year my village school, like hundreds of others, is scrimping and saving to afford that Holy Grail of modern…

Grand, ritzy and splendid

14 December 2002 12:00 am

A consolation of being an international foot-in-the-door man in the 1970s, albeit one selling Monets and Moores, not Hoovers, was…

Home is where the snow is

14 December 2002 12:00 am

Some songs are hits – Number One for a couple of weeks. Some songs are standards – they endure decade…

Out of the commonplace

14 December 2002 12:00 am

The following extracts are taken from George Lyttelton’s Commonplace Book Zeuxis was said to have painted grapes on a boy’s…

Tony at the Travellers: Anthony Powell as clubman

14 December 2002 12:00 am

‘We might go straight into lunch

The greatest Briton

7 December 2002 12:00 am

MAN OF THE CENTURY: WINSTON CHURCHILL AND HIS LEGENDby John Ramsden HarperCollins, £25, pp. 652, ISBN 002570343 In January 1965…

Found and lost

7 December 2002 12:00 am

Byron Rogers for years wrote the ‘Village Voice’ column in the Daily Telegraph, and this collection of articles on his…

What will the oracle answer?

7 December 2002 12:00 am

THE WEST AND THE RESTby Roger ScrutonContinuum, £12.99, pp. 196, ISBN 0826464963 Two reincarnations of the Old Oligarch – alike…

Playing with Henry James

7 December 2002 12:00 am

The theme of Henry James’s The Aspern Papers is well known: an unscrupulous biographer seeks the unpublished papers of his…