A far cry from Dr Finlay

2 July 2011 12:00 am

If he is remembered at all, A.J. Cronin is known now for Dr Finlay’s Casebook, which ran for many years on both BBC television and radio, and today resonates with the glow of a gentler past — when a GP happily made house calls, delivered babies, and served as shaman, shrink and confessor to his rural community.

Names to conjure with

5 February 2011 12:00 am

Sebastian Faulks’s latest book, examining the great characters of British fiction, may be scorned by the literary establishment, but Sam Leith salutes its enthusiasm and humour

Would I be a better novelist if I found my inner Trollope?

18 December 2010 12:00 am

Some of you are going to be appalled that it has taken me till now to read Trollope’s Autobiography.

Wonders of the world’s fare

11 December 2010 12:00 am

Apart from knowing your onions, you should be widely travelled, and preferably artistic, to cut the mustard these days, Fay Maschler suspects

Capturing the last of England

25 September 2010 12:00 am

The book is interesting because it has insights and novelty, not least in taking a period and a culture regarded by many as second best compared with what was happening elsewhere at the time, and shows it to have been enlightened, intelligent and full of beauty.

Beating his demons

11 September 2010 12:00 am

Some of us are still startled that Wallace Stevens was 44 when he published Harmonium.

Celebration of old times

13 January 2010 12:00 am

Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter, by Antonia Fraser

Spirit of place

23 September 2009 12:00 am

A Writer’s Britain: Landscape in Literature, by Margaret Drabble