Victorian England

Don't be too cool for Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent

18 June 2016 9:00 am

I suspect some readers might be too cool for this lovely book, partly because, despite its gothic horror set-up, it…

Why most four-year-olds deserve to be sectioned

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The first episode of Let Us Entertain You (BBC2, Wednesday) definitely couldn’t be accused of lacking a central thesis. Presenter…

Mario Reading reviews four first-rate first novels

29 August 2015 9:00 am

It has become something of a truism among writers’ groups and in articles offering advice on how best to secure…