Book of the week: The Palace Papers by Tina Brown
Tina Brown
In Review

Book of the week: The Palace Papers by Tina Brown

The narrative is studded with ‘delicious’ details that make it ‘disgustingly entertaining’
13 May 2022
Book review: In Love by Amy Bloom
Amy Bloom
In Review

Book review: In Love by Amy Bloom

A ‘sharply observed, often witty, eminently moving memoir’
6 May 2022
Super-Infinite: the Transformations of John Donne by Katherine Rundell
English poet and cleric John Donne
In Review

Super-Infinite: the Transformations of John Donne by Katherine Rundell

This is a ‘thrilling reassessment of Donne’s oddly hinged career’
29 Apr 2022
An Accidental Icon by Norman Scott
Jeremy Thorpe leaving court
In Review

An Accidental Icon by Norman Scott

Scott’s memoirs tell the story of his disturbed upbringing and traumatic adult life
22 Apr 2022
Book review: The Age of the Strongman by Gideon Rachman
Vladimir Putin shirtless and fishing
In Review

Book review: The Age of the Strongman by Gideon Rachman

Rachman analyses strategies used by Putin, Duterte and Bolsonaro to hold onto power
15 Apr 2022
Book review: The Car by Bryan Appleyard
Vintage Rolls Royce
In Review

Book review: The Car by Bryan Appleyard

Appleyard sets out to document a way of life that he believes is vanishing
8 Apr 2022
Book review: A Life of Picasso – Vol. IV
Pablo Picasso
In Review

Book review: A Life of Picasso – Vol. IV

John Richardson’s new volume is clever and flamboyant
1 Apr 2022

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Butler to the World by Oliver Bullough
Dmitry Firtash on the phone
In Review

Butler to the World by Oliver Bullough

Timely analysis of how Britain has helped to launder others’ fortunes
25 Mar 2022
War in Ukraine: the best books about the conflict’s background 
War in Ukraine: best books about the conflict’s background 
In Focus

War in Ukraine: the best books about the conflict’s background 

The essential reading list to understand the history behind the war  
18 Mar 2022
In Search of Mary Seacole: a ‘wonderfully informative’ biography
Flowers are placed near the statue of Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole
In Review

In Search of Mary Seacole: a ‘wonderfully informative’ biography

Helen Rappaport sets out to bring ‘clarity to Seacole’s life’
11 Mar 2022
Constable: a Portrait by James Hamilton
Painting of John Constable
In Review

Constable: a Portrait by James Hamilton

This illuminating book suggests that we have got the English painter all wrong
4 Mar 2022
Inside the world of Shirley Hughes
Shirley Hughes
Profile

Inside the world of Shirley Hughes

Children’s author and illustrator dies at age of 94
3 Mar 2022
Travel and hotel experiences for book lovers
Books and suitcase
The big trip

Travel and hotel experiences for book lovers

Explore the UK’s top literary destinations and places to stay
28 Feb 2022
Kingdom of Characters review: a ‘delightful mix of history and linguistics’
Chinese characters
In Review

Kingdom of Characters review: a ‘delightful mix of history and linguistics’

Jing Tsu’s ‘enchanting’ book tells the story of the Chinese language over the past 150 years
25 Feb 2022
The Overview podcast: why are more books being banned?
Child reads book in library
Podcast

The Overview podcast: why are more books being banned?

Hundreds of titles are disappearing from library shelves and syllabuses as the US culture wars escalate
23 Feb 2022
Book bans: five infamous cases
Books repeatedly targeted for bans include Holocaust graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman
In Focus

Book bans: five infamous cases

Challenges to titles on library shelves and school syllabuses increasing at ‘unprecedented’ rate
22 Feb 2022
One Party After Another: the ‘best biography of Nigel Farage’
Nigel Farage
In Review

One Party After Another: the ‘best biography of Nigel Farage’

Michael Crick tells the story of how Farage came to play such a decisive role in British politics
18 Feb 2022
Love Marriage by Monica Ali
Rows of coloured residential townhouses stand on a square in the Primrose Hill
In Review

Love Marriage by Monica Ali

Ali’s first novel in 11 years is an ‘atmospheric tale of an Indian family in contemporary Britain’
11 Feb 2022
‘A novel to end all novels’: James Joyce’s Ulysses turns 100
James Joyce
In Depth

‘A novel to end all novels’: James Joyce’s Ulysses turns 100

The centenary of one of the great monuments of Irish culture is being marked around the world
10 Feb 2022
Reality+ by David J. Chalmers: a ‘gripping’, ‘brain-tenderising’ book
Man wearing a virtual reality headset
In Review

Reality+ by David J. Chalmers: a ‘gripping’, ‘brain-tenderising’ book

The philosopher ponders what virtual reality could mean for man
4 Feb 2022
What is a ‘trigger warning’ and why are they controversial?
J.K. Rowling reading from Harry Potter
Getting to grips with . . .

What is a ‘trigger warning’ and why are they controversial?

Debate continues over whether content labelling helps or harms students
28 Jan 2022
The Ticket Collector from Belarus: a ‘heart-rending tale’
Book cover
In Review

The Ticket Collector from Belarus: a ‘heart-rending tale’

Mike Anderson and Neil Hanson delve into the early life of the prolific war criminal Anthony Sawoniuk
28 Jan 2022
Book of the week: The Last Emperor of Mexico by Edward Shawcross
Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico from 1832-1867
In Review

Book of the week: The Last Emperor of Mexico by Edward Shawcross

Although Maximilian’s reign proved short-lived, it makes for a ‘jaw-dropping story’
21 Jan 2022
US culture war: why book bans are back
Republican Representative Matt Krause
Between the lines

US culture war: why book bans are back

Hundreds of titles targeted in school libraries stand-off between ‘traditionalists’ and ‘left-wing’ rivals
20 Jan 2022
Book of the week: The Sinner and the Saint
Fyodor Dostoevsky in 1861
In Review

Book of the week: The Sinner and the Saint

Kevin Birmingham explores Fyodor Dostoevsky’s inspiration for Crime and Punishment
14 Jan 2022
How to use books for home decor and interior design
Books in a basket
Getting to grips with . . .

How to use books for home decor and interior design

Books are back – and they’re not just for ‘credibility bookcase’ backgrounds
11 Jan 2022
Book of the week: Flying Blind by Peter Robison
Lion Air aircraft
In Review

Book of the week: Flying Blind by Peter Robison

The Bloomberg journalist investigates the tragic failure of Boeing’s 737 Max plane
7 Jan 2022
50 books you must read
Reading books in library
In Focus

50 books you must read

A look at some of the best books ever written
5 Jan 2022
Veganuary: five of the best cookbooks
Taken from Vegan Roasting Pan by Katy Beskow
On the menu

Veganuary: five of the best cookbooks

With record numbers set to take part in Veganuary, there’s never been a better time to go plant-powered
3 Jan 2022
Quidditch to change name over trans row
Student runs with ball towards a hoop on a playing field
Stranger than fiction

Quidditch to change name over trans row

Alternatives include ‘quickball’, ‘quicker’, ‘quidstrike’ and ‘quadraball’
20 Dec 2021
Nine of the best food books from 2021
Sambal Shiok: The Malaysian Cookbook by Mandy Yin
In Focus

Nine of the best food books from 2021

Must-read books from Mandy Yin, Nigel Slater and more
17 Dec 2021
Ten best business books of 2021
Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell by John Preston
In Focus

Ten best business books of 2021

Essential reading about companies, management and the economy
13 Dec 2021
Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks – ‘a generally excellent book’
Patricia Highsmith posing for a photo
In Review

Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks – ‘a generally excellent book’

This book offers a fascinating window into the writer's inner life
10 Dec 2021
Jon Ronson: my five best books about the culture wars
Jon Ronson on Zoom
Expert’s view

Jon Ronson: my five best books about the culture wars

The culture wars form the subject of his new eight-part series
3 Dec 2021
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