Adventure

The burden of freedom: Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan, reviewed

15 September 2018 9:00 am

It’s 1830, and among the sugar cane of Faith Plantation in Barbados, suicide seems like the only way out. Decapitations…

Leonora Carrington’s adventures in surrealism

15 April 2017 9:00 am

The surrealists’ muse and a distinguished artist in her own right, Leonora Carrington captivated all who met her, says Jane Rye

Button up your overcoat before settling down with Ed O’Loughlin

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Brrrrr, this is a chilly book. Each time a character put on his sealskin kamiks, muskrat hat, wolfskin mittens and…

Nicholas Roerich’s near-Impressionistic Himalayas, painted on a wooden panel

Jan Morris on explorers’ artistic treasures

17 September 2016 9:00 am

All alone on page 313 of this spectacular book, a tattered but heroic flag flies in a painting of an…

Who wouldn't want to be Joseph Conrad?

27 August 2016 9:00 am

A certain sort of male novelist will always aspire to be Joseph Conrad. The seedy cosmopolitanism of his fiction and…

Secrets of happiness from Britain’s most foul-mouthed angler

4 June 2016 9:00 am

To go fishing on the Itchen in mayfly season, you either have to be very, very rich or very, very…

For fashionable Victorian travellers, the only way was Norway

4 June 2016 9:00 am

‘The only use of a gentleman in travelling,’ Emmeline Lowe wrote in 1857, ‘is to take care of the luggage.’…

‘Doorways to the unknown’: Clive James’s Latest Readings

22 August 2015 9:00 am

In the preface to his great collection of essays The Dyer’s Hand, W.H. Auden claimed: ‘I prefer a critic’s notebooks…

Agnes Kittelsen as Thor Heyerdahl’s wife, Liv — one of the film’s many blondes

If you like bland films full of blondes, you’ll love Kon-Tiki

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Kon-Tiki is a dramatisation of Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile, 101-day journey across the Pacific by balsa-wood raft, which took place in…

More derring dos and don’ts from Paddy Leigh Fermor

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Recent years have seen the slim but splendid Patrick Leigh Fermor oeuvre swell considerably. In 2008 came In Tearing Haste,…

The best new children's books

7 June 2014 9:00 am

A children’s author and illustrator, Jonathan Emmet, created a stir recently by saying that women are effectively gatekeepers of children’s…

Is my rod big enough? Boris Johnson’s fishing notebook

6 July 2013 9:00 am

You remember the climax of Jaws — the primeval moment when Quint the crazed Ahab-like fisherman goes mano a mano…

Inflated dreams

17 March 2012 10:00 am

When almost every tale about the Arctic has been told, when the major explorers have been assessed and re-assessed, when…

Heroes of the Ice Age

13 August 2011 12:00 am

Four new books on the great era of polar exploration

The body in the snow

17 July 2010 12:00 am

A word is missing from the subtitle of Jonathan Green’s shocking exposé: cowardice.