By Philip Hoare - 06 March 18:00
At London Zoo, Jumbo was assumed into the British imagination as a gentle giant.
By Matthew Sperling - 06 March 11:00
Two new collections by Scottish poets characterised by sharp attention to detail.
By Tricia Lowther - 06 March 10:48
A good book should be open to anyone, so why do some children’s publishers restrict readership according to gender?
By Lynsey Hanley - 06 March 10:25
The sad disappearance of the British “average neighbourhood”.
By Tom Gatti - 06 March 10:08
An ambitious and wide-ranging novel about allied soldiers in Sicily during the Second World War.
By Katy Shaw - 06 March 10:05
Writing was fundamental to the protest, yet the poems and songs have been largely lost from popular memory.
By Jane Shilling - 06 March 10:02
Two new books on cooking and interiors explore 20th century society's biggest paradigm shift.
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 06 March 10:00
Like the US TV series Girls – but for people who went to Cambridge.
By Val McDermid - 06 March 10:00
The Scottish capital has a long tradition of crime fiction. Now one of the genre’s modern proponents comes home.
By Andrew Marr - 06 March 10:00
The conundrum of Britishness and the condition of Scotland.
By Hayley Campbell - 04 March 12:10
A Twitter campaign forced Jonathan Ross to pull out of hosting an awards ceremony for science fiction books. Was it purely a reaction to his controversial jokes - or were some people more concerned with keeping SFF "pure"?
By Philip Oltermann - 28 February 15:00
The German capital lacks a modern-day chronicler. This book aims to change that.
By David Clark - 28 February 13:09
The era of global liberalism ended in crisis and retreat and world power is now shifting east. How does our foreign policy adapt?
By Sophia McDougall - 27 February 11:47
More often than not, when you pick up a new book in a bookshop, it will be by yet another white man, meaning that white and male will be what the next set of Big Names will look like. How can we break out of this self-reinforcing cycle?
By Rowan Williams - 27 February 7:20
The anti-heroic reading of the First World War did not begin with Blackadder - Wilfred Owen has far more to answer for than Richard Curtis, says the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
By Erica Wagner - 25 February 11:10
The Russian-American novelist's memoir shuttles back and forth between the deep past of his Soviet childhood to the glimmering possibilities of George Bush Sr's America.
By Germaine Greer - 20 February 11:31
All poetry is driven by sex, whether or not it acknowledges the impulse.
By Andrew Harrison - 20 February 11:28
From Battlestar Galactica to Spike Jonze’s new film Her, modern science fiction is growing up and humanising.
By Randy Boyagoda - 20 February 10:19
In <em>Andrew’s Brain</em> by E L Doctorow, the historical and the grand meld with the ordinary and affecting in a story that also features “an international dealer in Munchkins”.
By Daniel Trilling - 19 February 9:50
Neither of these two new books about the feminist art collective leave one optimistic about the immediate future of Russian politics, but they show the deep effect the saga has had.
By Juliet Jacques - 17 February 12:07
Digital technology has finally made it possible for Tristano to be printed as the author intended. But should it be judged on its central device alone?
By Matthew Jennings - 13 February 17:42
Reckless leaves you wanting to know what happens next, even though, with the real life events, you know the answer.
By Philip Hoare - 12 February 17:21
A history of empire and civilisation is a history of the sea.
By Philip Maughan - 10 February 15:00
Like so many books about tigers, The Night Guest, by Australian first-time novelist Fiona McFarlane, is a battle to preserve the order and civility of the household from the madness and barbarity outside.
By Richard Mabey - 06 February 16:14
In <em>White Beech: the Rainforest Years</em>, Germaine Greer is on a mission to save the ecology of southern Australia.
By New Statesman - 06 February 9:30
The critics' verdicts on Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott, Sherill Tippins and Ray Jayawardhana.
By Richard Overy - 06 February 8:51
The Great War’s greatest legacy is uncertainty and a never-ending search for meaning.
By Helen Lewis - 06 February 8:47
This book forsakes the traditional linear structure for a series of episodes, zipping back and forth through the decades – and the revolutions.
By Antonia Quirke - 06 February 8:12
This relaxed, unoffical biography contains a between-the-lines longing not just for the subtler parts but for the genuine good times.
By Felix Martin - 06 February 6:02
2013 was the year the world’s financial markets suddenly became interested in Japan again.