Books

Short on names, tall on tales

14 August 2004 12:00 am

Two or three years ago, I was invited with my rather posh then girlfriend to a grand party up in…

The return of the native

14 August 2004 12:00 am

‘When you look at families, there is no such thing as normal.’ Indeed not. Justin Cartwright gives us the Judds,…

The pros and cons of Euromarriage

14 August 2004 12:00 am

Timothy Garton Ash has become a bishop. In Free World, he has written something which is less a work of…

The dark side of laughter

14 August 2004 12:00 am

As a rule, I disapprove of reviews which review the author and not the book, but some occasions demand it.…

Great — but uneven like the Andes

14 August 2004 12:00 am

Pablo Neruda had three houses in Chile, the most lovely of them at La Isla Negra, on the Pacific coast…

‘Thou, silent form, doth tease us out of thought’

14 August 2004 12:00 am

One February day in 1845 a well-dressed young man walked into Gallery Nine of the British Museum and hurled a…

Vanity fair and foul

14 August 2004 12:00 am

The plumber came this morning — £75 including VAT. He was still expensively engaged when a bike brought Frederic Raphael’s…

Delusions and delights

14 August 2004 12:00 am

Disney hijacked Margery Sharp. The novelist, who died in 1991, is remembered chiefly for her series of (now animated) children’s…

A fastidious disdain of poetry

14 August 2004 12:00 am

If William Coldstream (1909-87) was a dull painter, as he is sometimes thought to be, he was most certainly not…

The past as good entertainment

7 August 2004 12:00 am

The main lesson of history is that we do not learn the lessons of history. Did (for example) anyone at…

Goodies and baddies galore

7 August 2004 12:00 am

Carlos Ruiz Zaf

Limping to the holy presence

7 August 2004 12:00 am

A 12th-century eyewitness at Sant- iago de Compostela described his fellow pilgrims: Some, such as the Greeks, hold the image…

Escaping the gallows — and classification

7 August 2004 12:00 am

If any of Byron’s contemporaries at Cambridge had been asked to nominate The Man Most Likely To, it is a…

The impact of the immigrants

7 August 2004 12:00 am

In New York in 1920 the writer Hattie Mayer, under her pen name Anzia Yezierska, published her first collection of…

Axeman on the rampage

31 July 2004 12:00 am

A curious volume, this, and you would be right in thinking that anyone writing a book review of someone else’s…

An enemy of stuff and nonsense

31 July 2004 12:00 am

Just how unhappy was Jane Welsh’s 40-year marriage to Thomas Carlyle? For decades after the publication of J. A. Froude’s…

That woman again

31 July 2004 12:00 am

The meteoric rise and swift fall of Anne Boleyn, she of the thousand days, has gripped the imagination even of…

Pioneer in whodunnit country

31 July 2004 12:00 am

A crime novel by Chekhov? Professor John Sutherland positively chortles in the introduction at his readers’ likely surprise. Indeed, any…

When the (fish and) chips are down

31 July 2004 12:00 am

There is much to commend this book. Charles Clover lays bare the depths of a neglected subject — the rape…

Erudition without tears

31 July 2004 12:00 am

There never was a ticket with the word ‘POSH’ stamped on it by the P&O shipping line, which meant a…

Stranded by the tide of fashion

31 July 2004 12:00 am

Colin Wilson is a very great man, ‘the only important writer in Europe’. That is his own estimation, and I…

Mistress of the royal game

24 July 2004 12:00 am

Marie of Romania (1875–1938), though little known to most readers today, was probably the most dynamic and effective royal consort…

South Africa: rejection and rapprochement

24 July 2004 12:00 am

This book, republished after almost 40 years, has survived as a South African classic while most other memoirs about life…

Me and my white mates

24 July 2004 12:00 am

Michael Collins, he tells us, was brought up in a terraced street south of the River Thames in Southwark, a…

A coalition that failed

24 July 2004 12:00 am

Miles Hudson is a military historian with several interesting books to his credit, especially his War and the Media (1981),…