Books

All his world a stage

3 April 2004 12:00 am

As in the theatre, so in his letters: John Gielgud was a man of many parts, and acutely aware of…

The Catholic Cheshire Cat

3 April 2004 12:00 am

Yvonne Cloetta, the French wife of a Swiss businessman, was Graham Greene’s mistress for the last 30 or so years…

Swedish exercises in crime

3 April 2004 12:00 am

Henning Mankell, the Swedish crimewriter who is the creator of Inspector Kurt Wallender, is being taken increasingly seriously: an international…

Taste and passion — with a dash of luck

3 April 2004 12:00 am

Available from Heywood Hill, 10 Curzon Street, London W1J 5HH Producers of ‘period dramas’, on film or television, go to…

Sixth son of Himself

3 April 2004 12:00 am

Have we had enough Irish childhoods, lackadaisical days remote from English stresses, charming eccentrics, amusing turns of speech, rain, religion,…

Old Baghdad in Hertfordshire

3 April 2004 12:00 am

Who would have thought of Harrow as ‘the heathen temple’ or suburban Penge as Celtic pen ced, ‘head of the…

Some moaning at the Bar

3 April 2004 12:00 am

This is a sad little story of the author’s annus horribilis as a pupil barrister in the late Nineties. Today…

An unanswered SOS from the SAS

3 April 2004 12:00 am

The epic survival story of the SAS patrol known as Bravo Two Zero during the first Gulf war until now,…

Heirs and graces

3 April 2004 12:00 am

This provocative, titillating and seductive novel is about upper-class affectations and ‘the mystery of unearned greatness’. It focuses on a…

The royal road to ruin

27 March 2004 12:00 am

The old Oxford Histories of England were trusty bestsellers bound in pale blue wrappers. Hugely authoritative but often dull, they…

The box in the attic

27 March 2004 12:00 am

As with the opposite sex, there are few books you fall for and want for life, even fewer with which…

Clouds over the sunshine state

27 March 2004 12:00 am

Throughout her successful writing career, which began in New York in the early 1960s, the American essayist, novelist and critic…

Led by the nose

27 March 2004 12:00 am

In the spring of 1972 I met what I still think was the bravest man in China. An ordinary factory…

A loner with panache and presence

27 March 2004 12:00 am

This is the first book about the Scottish artist William Gear (1915-97), an abstract painter of international standing with an…

Sorry symptoms trendily diagnosed

27 March 2004 12:00 am

It’s no surprise that one of Alain de Botton’s favoured sources, in a text well-sprigged with neat citations, should be…

How the eagles were tamed

27 March 2004 12:00 am

In AD 9 the Roman general Varus at the head of three legions was surprised by German forces in the…

Behind the curtains, beyond the gate

27 March 2004 12:00 am

‘Thank God that even in a family no one knows anyone else’s private thoughts! The meannesses of her own mind…

Labour’s forgotten army

27 March 2004 12:00 am

If Slim’s 14th was the ‘Forgotten Army’ of the second world war, then the trade union Right and its sponsored…

Hands across three centuries

27 March 2004 12:00 am

Artemisia Gentileschi (b. 1593) is a feminist icon of such power that she has penetrated even to these islands, for…

A very different sort of Balfour

27 March 2004 12:00 am

Everyone — well, almost everyone — knows that in 1895, while The Importance of Being Earnest was packing in the…

Watching the ranks closing

20 March 2004 12:00 am

William Russell was a young American who worked as a clerk in the US embassy in Berlin at the time…

Neither short nor sharp nor shocking

20 March 2004 12:00 am

To be fair to him, George C. Schoolfield, of Yale University, does admit in his opening sentence that ‘movement’ may…

That was the week that was

20 March 2004 12:00 am

Autism is in the air. Newspaper articles, television programmes and new books abound. It was not always thus; when Liam…

An inspector recalls

20 March 2004 12:00 am

When Hans Blix first became the UN’s chief Iraqi weapons inspector, journalists joked that his name made him sound like…

Overbearing and undermining

20 March 2004 12:00 am

A hundred and twenty years ago, the global hyper-power invaded a strategic Middle Eastern country. It talked of self-government but…