Books

A soft tread and a sure touch

22 February 2003 12:00 am

Short stories are best read one a night just before you go to sleep, and this collection by Angela Huth,…

Articles of faith

15 February 2003 12:00 am

Richard Dawkins loves fighting. More precisely, he loves winning. To be Dawkinsed, as this selection from his essays of the…

She fashioned her future

15 February 2003 12:00 am

Judging by her own ideals of beauty and drama, Diana Dalziel’s arrival in the world must have been a bit…

Why is a birch-tree like a melon?

15 February 2003 12:00 am

This is the time of year for armchair gardening. The cold, dark days give one the chance to ignore the…

Homage to A. B. Roger

15 February 2003 12:00 am

Woodruff, you have not come to Oxford to take examinations, you have come to learn. The whole purpose of Oxford…

When Irish eyes were smiling

15 February 2003 12:00 am

THE SHADOWS OF ELISA LYNCHby Si

Looking – and looking away

15 February 2003 12:00 am

Sebald is perturbed by the almost complete failure of German writers to describe the devastation of their country by British…

A palpable hit

15 February 2003 12:00 am

If you happen to be one of those maddeningly quick-witted or sideways-thinking readers who can spot at a glance that…

Only slightly under the influence

15 February 2003 12:00 am

‘The Age of Russia,’ according to the doom-fraught speculations Oswald Spengler published in 1918, would succeed ‘the Decline of the…

A question of upbringing

8 February 2003 12:00 am

Superficially, Hitler and Churchill resembled each other, in the way that two very powerful leaders will. In particular, as Andrew…

A picture that tells a story

8 February 2003 12:00 am

Can it be said that anyone is sane, that anyone is healthy – or does all life consist of degrees…

Stopping short of omniscience

8 February 2003 12:00 am

Although Janet Malcolm has written in depth about an extraordinary range of subjects, from psychoanalysis and photography through to literary…

The hunter hunted

8 February 2003 12:00 am

Abbie Devereaux, the heroine of Land of the Living, finds herself hooded and bound and a prisoner of a man…

I was a camera

8 February 2003 12:00 am

Julia Margaret Cameron is hip. This would not have astonished her – she had every confidence in her vision as…

Liquid and solid satisfaction

8 February 2003 12:00 am

Cocoa beans were ‘found’ by Europeans on Columbus’s fourth, final and failed voyage (1502). The beans were sufficiently rare to…

Our longest peace

1 February 2003 12:00 am

Has anybody ever struggled for Europe? They might have struggled for British Ulster or Free France or the village green…

Every fair from fair sometime declines

1 February 2003 12:00 am

Polly Toynbee describes herself as ‘profoundly anti-religious’, but she had the energy and curiosity to accept an ingenious challenge from…

The charm of the commonplace

1 February 2003 12:00 am

Where other contemporary American novelists, mandarin or popular, like to write about war in South-east Asia, corruption in the boardroom,…

The high price of civil security

1 February 2003 12:00 am

Hobbes is one of the very greatest political philosophers of all times, Noel Malcolm one of his most highly esteemed…

Defying vertigo and the void

1 February 2003 12:00 am

It is lucky for us common mortals that Philippe Petit is a tightrope-walker who can write. Blondin, the funambule of…

Recent crime novels

1 February 2003 12:00 am

For the last few years Ruth Rendell has used her Chief Inspector Wexford detective novels to explore social issues that…

Lost, stolen or strayed

25 January 2003 12:00 am

This is a strange, tantalising book of unintentional poetry; it is rather like a book plucked from the shelves of…

Tunes of vanishing glory

25 January 2003 12:00 am

Just as Gustav Mahler wove a bugle fanfare into his symphonies, so Joseph Roth wove martial music into his novels.…

The lure of the jungle

25 January 2003 12:00 am

This is a curious story. In 1886, a year after the final British conquest of Upper Burma, a piano-tuner, Edgar…

In America we trust

25 January 2003 12:00 am

Bill Emmott, the editor of the Economist and author of The Sun Also Sets which accurately predicted the decline of…