The critics' verdicts on Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott, Sherill Tippins and Ray Jayawardhana.
The Great War’s greatest legacy is uncertainty and a never-ending search for meaning.
This book forsakes the traditional linear structure for a series of episodes, zipping back and forth through the decades – and the revolutions.
This relaxed, unoffical biography contains a between-the-lines longing not just for the subtler parts but for the genuine good times.
2013 was the year the world’s financial markets suddenly became interested in Japan again.
A seafaring Chekhov story dredges up some family history.
Banking on victory: Simon Heffer reviews three tomes on Britain’s war with Napoleon.
The former US Secretary of Defense on what the president never knew.
The end of sound? This sane and humane book looks at the maddening encroachment of noise into every part of our lives.
Welsh novelist Cynan Jones has written a compressed, terse novel, which beautifully captures the sadness and brutality of rural life.
As much as we want to protect our children from the atrocities humans commit against each other, we must help them understand that nothing can bring back the dead or repair those who lived the horror.
Francisco Bethencourt’s book <i>Racisms</i> explores the blood on the leaves left behind by centuries of racial discrimination, including the enduring spectre of Guantánamo Bay.
Both of these remarkable novels are rooted in 19th-century realism, but they are profoundly subversive of its conventions.
From early protests in Africa to a minister in Harold Wilson’s cabinet – no one alive has done so much to shape British social democracy.
Using science to explain art is a good way to butcher both, and is intellectually bankrupt to boot.
<em>The Skin</em>, published now in the first ever complete English translation, captures the delirium and cruelty of Europe in the Second World War in surreal and amoral prose.
Relaunched festival includes the NS Debate on the motion "Young people have never had it so good".
Another day, another study misrepresented as causing our brains to change in some mysterious, irreversible way.
Orwell discovered the values of a practical, gentle, empirical people who didn't kill each other because they disagreed over politics.
The online retailer has reshaped bookselling since it entered the trade in 1995. But Amazon’s aggressive and “anti-competitive” tactics, especially for selling ebooks, are raising hackles in an industry under stress. What is the future of the book busines
Too little has been written about the Brighton-born novelist, Ann Quin, whose writing ruptured middle class pieties.
Written by <i>Time</i>’s Mark Halperin and <i>New York Magazine</i>’s John Heilemann, this book is based on more than 500 in-depth interviews with everyone from junior advisers to the candidates, recorded on the condition of a strict embargo.
Jonathan Bate reviews <em>Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World</em> by Leo Damrosch and explores the world behind works like <i>A Modest Proposal</i> and <i>Gulliver's Travels</i>.
Tyson's early life was characterised by incarceration and petty crime, but he lucked when he fell under the tutelage of boxing trainer Cus D’Amato.
PL Travers doesn't fit the stereotype of a children's author. In fact, she didn't even like children.
Camilla Schofield's <i>Enoch Powell and the Making of Post-Colonial Britain</i> argues that Powell was a product of Britain's post-colonial history rather than a “timeless monster”.
Nina Stibbe's letters, written to her sister while she was working for Mary-Kay Wilmers, the editor of the London Review of Books, may just be the best collection published this year.
Teacher-student affairs have captured the minds of many writers, among them David Mamet, Jonathan Franzen, Philip Roth, Christopher Isherwood, J M Coetzee, Zoë Heller, and Susan Choi. What is the fascination?
From the bonny beck to the kitchen sink and Heathcliff to the angry young men, Frances Wilson explores the personality of writing from the north of England, while Philip Maughan asks how the land lies today.