A conflict of wills

21 October 2009 12:00 am

It might seem odd that Eric Ives, the acclaimed biographer of Anne Boleyn, should turn his attention to another executed Tudor queen, Lady Jane Grey.

The Father of Scottish Tourism

7 October 2009 12:00 am

‘How do we make Scott more popular?’ The question ran round the table and none of us had an answer.

Give peace a chance

7 October 2009 12:00 am

Time was, back in the Renaissance, when barely a book would be published which did not feature some lavish hero-worship of Cicero.

All the Men’s Queen

30 September 2009 12:00 am

It is entirely possible that nobody, not even perhaps Queen Elizabeth herself, has ever known what she was really like, so great the charm, the smiling gaze, the gloved arm, the almost wistful voice, the lilting politeness, yet so strong the nerve, so dogged the spirit, so determined the trajectory.

A serious life

30 September 2009 12:00 am

White-haired, red-faced, cheerfully garrulous, outgoing, pugnacious when nec- essary, portly: in his last years Senator Ted Kennedy strikingly resembled the Irish-American politicos of old, particularly his maternal grandfather, John Fitzgerald, ‘Honey Fitz,’ twice mayor of Boston.

Was his diary his downfall?

30 September 2009 12:00 am

The audiotape of Alan Clark’s Diaries — barely mentioned in this rather Dr Watsonish, sensible shoe of a biography — is well worth hearing.

Concealing and revealing

30 September 2009 12:00 am

In 1837 The Quarterly Review’s anonymous critic — actually, one Abraham Hayward — turned his attention to Charles Dickens, then in the first flaring of his popularity as the author of Sketches by Boz, The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist.

Dancing in the dark

9 September 2009 12:00 am

Kenneth MacMillan was once described as ‘the Francis Bacon of ballet’ — not an analogy that gets one very far, but there’s something in it.

Reviving a reputation

2 September 2009 12:00 am

William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies, by John Carey

From Russia with love

26 August 2009 12:00 am

The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome, by Roland Chambers

Lost and found

20 May 2009 12:00 am

Making An Elephant: Writing from Within, by Graham Swift

Moving swiftly on

20 May 2009 12:00 am

Chaplin’s Girl, by Miranda Seymour
Love Child, by Allegra Huston

Raymond Carr at 90

13 May 2009 12:00 am

Dons don’t usually appear to much advantage in fiction.

More than politics

13 May 2009 12:00 am

A Fortunate Life, by Paddy Ashdown

Behind the wit

13 May 2009 12:00 am

Home to Roost and Other Peckings by Deborah Devonshire, edited by Charlotte Mosley

Exit the hero

6 May 2009 12:00 am

The Movement Reconsidered: Larkin, Amis, Gunn, Davie and their Contemporaries, edited by Zachary Leader

Living the pagan idyll

29 April 2009 12:00 am

Frances Partridge, by Anne Chisholm

Dilly-dallying romance

22 April 2009 12:00 am

Constable in Love, by Martin Gayford

Tales out of school

15 April 2009 12:00 am

The Old Boys’ Network, by John Rae

A delicate talent

15 April 2009 12:00 am

The Other Elizabeth Taylor, by Nicola Beauman

In a class of his own

7 April 2009 12:00 am

Maurice Bowra: A Life, by Leslie Mitchell

A thoroughly good egg

7 April 2009 12:00 am

Stanley I Presume, by Stanley Johnson

Lincoln’s legacy

7 April 2009 12:00 am

Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Puzzling out the past

7 April 2009 12:00 am

The Pattern in the Carpet, by Margaret Drabble

Opposites attracted

1 April 2009 12:00 am

Before We Met, by Marcelle and Anthony Quinton