Malala's voice is defiant — but how much can she change Pakistan? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

In 2012 a Taleban gunman, infuriated by Malala Yousafzai’s frequent television appearances insisting that girls had a right to education,…

As Luck Would Have It, by Derek Jacobi - review

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Alan Bennett once overheard an old lady say, ‘I think a knighthood was wasted on Derek Jacobi,’ and I know…

An Appetite for Wonder, by Richard Dawkins - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

It is peculiarly apt that the author of this autobiography should be the man who coined that now fashionable term…

There and Then: Personal Terms 6, by Frederic Raphael - review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Frederic Raphael is forensic in his description of the failures of successful people. He is enviously superior and he is…

As Green as Grass, by Emma Smith - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The title, the subtitle, the author’s plain name, even the jacket’s photograph of a laughing old lady in sunglasses: none…

Country Boy, by Richard Hillyer - review

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Under his real name, Charles James Stranks, the author of this little masterpiece wrote on a number of ecclesiastical subjects:…

The World is Ever Changing, by Nicolas Roeg - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Value and worth in any of the arts has always been about timing,’ writes British director Nicolas Roeg at the…

Backing Into the Light, by Colin Spencer - review

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Colin Spencer first came to my notice in the Swinging Sixties when a fellow undergraduate alerted me to his larky…

Strictly Ann, by Ann Widdecombe - review

8 June 2013 9:00 am

An oddball. And proud to be one. Ann Widdecombe has sailed through life with the same brisk, no-nonsense style that…

‘The Nicky of today has become a high-concept gardener’

Folly de Grandeur, by Nicky Haslam- review

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Nicky Haslam is one of our best interior designers, a charmed and charming agent of style, a tastemaker for the…

Bookends: Spirit of place

5 November 2011 12:00 pm

A new book by Ronald Blythe is something of an event. In recent years the bard of Akenfield has mostly…

Low life and high style

13 August 2011 12:00 am

The return of Roy Kerridge

A well-told lie

13 August 2011 12:00 am

Michael Ondaatje takes a journey into childhood

Pig in the middle

22 January 2011 12:00 am

Writing an autobiographical account of middle age is a brave undertaking, necessitating a great deal of self-scrutiny at a time of life when most of us would sooner look the other way and hope for the best.

Red badge of courage

1 January 2011 12:00 am

The author describes this book as an ‘auto- biographical novel’, but since it would be quite beyond me to distinguish fact from fiction in this hair-raising account of his childhood years, I propose to treat it as if it were all true, especially as I can’t imagine anyone making any of it up.

Cambridge and after

25 September 2010 12:00 am

My dread was that someone would ask me my opinion of Lermontov or Superstring Theory or the Categorical Imperatives of Kant.

A charismatic narcissist

11 September 2010 12:00 am

In equal measure, this book is fascinating and irritating.

A foot in both camps

7 August 2010 12:00 am

As a five-year-old in the Arab quarter of Jerusalem in the 1950s, Kai Bird overheard an elderly American heiress offering $1 million to anyone who could solve the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The dying of the light

7 August 2010 12:00 am

The phrasing of the subtitle is exact: a memoir in blindness, not of blind- ness.

Crisp and brave

24 July 2010 12:00 am

Among my guests last weekend as I read Lord Mandelson’s book was Ben, aged two and a half.

How are you today?

7 July 2010 12:00 am

How am I? Very well, thank you.

Mountain sheep aren’t sweeter

2 June 2010 12:00 am

Anyone who can speak Welsh is going to get a lot of fun from this book.

Insufficiently honoured here

2 June 2010 12:00 am

‘Next time it’s full buggery!’ said Christopher Hitchens as I helped him onto a train at Taunton station after a full luncheon of Black Label, Romanée-Conti, eel risotto and suckling pig.

Casualties of war and peace

14 April 2010 12:00 am

John Simpson quotes Humbert Wolfe’s mischievous lampoon but makes it clear that, in spite of the somewhat disobliging title of his book, he does not accept it as fair comment.

The ghost of an egoist

17 February 2010 12:00 am

Very long books appear at intervals about Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.