Books

The Marxist and the Methodist

8 November 2003 12:00 am

Even in his glory days Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, durable president of the Republic of China, had his critics. American liberals…

A girl’s own adventure

8 November 2003 12:00 am

Olivia Joules is born Rachel Pixley, a ‘normal schoolgirl, living with two parents in Worksop’. But after she is cruelly…

Airbrushing out and filling in

8 November 2003 12:00 am

If one ever wonders just how important memory is to our selfhood, consider patients in the later stages of Alzheimer’s…

Solving the Polish conundrum

1 November 2003 12:00 am

The Warsaw uprising of August 1944 was one of the most tragic episodes of the second world war, resulting in…

More honest than most

1 November 2003 12:00 am

It is a mark of the excellence of this memoir by the highest-ranking woman in American history, ex-Secretary of State…

From the sublime to the ridiculous

1 November 2003 12:00 am

Hah, that’s had you fumbling with your bi-focals, but no, there is no printing error. It is £375. The Gregynog…

Rocks and guts and bullocks

1 November 2003 12:00 am

Ted Hughes was the first living poet I loved. The same is probably true for countless kids who went to…

Shooting lions and lines

1 November 2003 12:00 am

It’s not fair to blame a book for its subject — a book by a decent fellow who delights in…

Getting both socks on

1 November 2003 12:00 am

Children, like dogs, need to be trained. After this promising start, Cassandra Jardine sets out to offer parents some practical…

A soldier breaks ranks

1 November 2003 12:00 am

Here’s a good rule of thumb: never read a book by a politician running for office. Whether it is George…

Dogged by ill fortune

1 November 2003 12:00 am

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has done Captain Scott’s memory some service. For the past two decades, since Roland Huntford’s devastating demolition…

A group of noble dames

25 October 2003 12:00 am

‘Lucy could have wished that Florence were not quite so ingenuous. One should not seize on a delicate implication and…

A clump of plinths

25 October 2003 12:00 am

The joke surely with Monty Python is that these trainee doctors, accountants, solicitors and bank managers, who met at college…

Tales of the expected

25 October 2003 12:00 am

Introducing the first true Dave Eggers’ McSweeney production (and it is a production — jacket, binding, illustrations, chapter headings and…

The sea monster that never was

25 October 2003 12:00 am

It is never easy to tell a story that everyone knows and still harder to tell one that everybody thinks…

Tidings of comfort and joy

25 October 2003 12:00 am

He was born to a virgin honoured with the attentions of the most high god. He assumed human form and…

The stateliest and the starriest

25 October 2003 12:00 am

This elegant synthesis (you can tell immediately that Simon Jenkins is an Oxford man and not a product of the…

Politically almost too correct

25 October 2003 12:00 am

Douglas Hurd’s political career ended only eight years ago, but it already seems to belong to another world. When he…

From chrysalis to butterfly

25 October 2003 12:00 am

John Fowles’s diaries — or ‘disjoints’, as he calls them — are evidence of his own theory that while some…

A great painter’s likeness perfectly caught

18 October 2003 12:00 am

Robert Hughes has suffered no shortage of appalling things over the past five years. He has experienced deep depression and…

Ideas received or rejected

18 October 2003 12:00 am

Until I read his enthralling account of what it’s like to be a middle-class sixtysomething crack addict, I’d never quite…

A regiment to reckon with

18 October 2003 12:00 am

In the spring of 1990, at the age of 21, I found myself sitting on an English hillside in the…

Family values under the hammer

18 October 2003 12:00 am

In the course of John Campbell’s superb second volume of his Margaret Thatcher biography, he poses the question of what…

When physicists don’t see eye to eye

18 October 2003 12:00 am

When Michael Frayn wrote Copenhagen, he could surely scarcely have imagined the interest it would generate and the furore it…

The play’s the thing

18 October 2003 12:00 am

The early life of Arthur Miller reads a bit like the first chapters of The Adventures of Augie March by…