From palace to cowshed

25 February 2009 12:00 am

Madame de la Tour du Pin’s Journal d’une Femme de Cinquante Ans, with its vivid descriptions of her experiences during…

More gossip with less art?

25 February 2009 12:00 am

The Letters of Samuel Beckett, 1929-40, Volume I, edited by Martha Dow Fehsenfeld and Lois More Overbeck

No pains spared

18 February 2009 12:00 am

Matthew: A Memoir, by Anne Crosby

Challenging Zeus

28 January 2009 12:00 am

Titan at the Foreign Office: Gladwyn Jebb and the Shaping of the Modern World, by Sean Greenwood

Perfectly unreliable

28 January 2009 12:00 am

Ticks and Crosses: Personal Terms 4, by Frederic Raphael

The life of the heart

21 January 2009 12:00 am

Love’s Civil War: Elizabeth Bowen and Charles Ritchie, Letters and Diaries from the Love Affair of a Lifetime edited by Victoria Glendinning, with Judith Roberts

Freedom and houghmagandie

21 January 2009 12:00 am

The Bard: Robert Burns, A Biography, by Robert Crawford Robert Burns: A Biography, by Patrick Scott Hogg

His own best biographer

14 January 2009 12:00 am

Byron in Love, by Edna O’Brien

The misery of an intellectual

7 January 2009 12:00 am

Reborn: Susan Sontag, Early Diaries, 1947-1964, edited by David Rieff Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son’s Memoir, by David Rieff

The Millers’ tale

29 December 2008 12:00 am

Arthur Miller, 1915-1962, by Christopher Bigsby

A balancing act

12 December 2008 12:00 am

English Catholic Heroes, edited by John Jolliffe

The secrets of Room 40

12 December 2008 12:00 am

‘Blinker’ Hall, Spymaster, by David Ramsay

Friends and enemies

12 December 2008 12:00 am

The Pursuit of Laughter: Essays, Articles and Reviews, by Diana Mitford, edited by Deborah Devonshire

Humph swings

3 December 2008 12:00 am

Last Chorus: An Autobiographical Medley, by Humphrey Lyttleton

Living the legend

3 December 2008 12:00 am

My Judy Garland Life, by Susie Boyt

Gruff Justice

26 November 2008 12:00 am

James Robertson Justice: What’s the Bleeding Time? by James Hogg, with Robert Sellers and Howard Watson