Buns of steel
By Rachel Cooke - 22 October 13:00

The Corset: a cultural history

Valerie Steele <em>Yale University Press, 199pp, £29.95</em>


Looking for mother
By Frank McLynn - 22 October 13:00

Flaubert: a life

Geoffrey Wall <em>Faber and Faber, 413pp, £25</em>

ISBN 0571195210

Paperback reader
By Nicholas Fearn - 22 October 13:00

All That Counts

Georg Oswald <em>Atlantic Books, 166pp, £9.99</em>

ISBN 1903809177

The bush of ghosts
By Vicky Hutchings - 22 October 13:00

The Dark Room

Rachel Seiffert<em> William Heinemann, 391pp, 12.99</em>

ISBN 009928717

Darkness falls
By John Binias - 22 October 13:00

Cultural Pessimism: narratives of decline in the postmodern world

Oliver Bennett <em>Edinburgh Uni

Novel of the week
By James Hopkin - 22 October 13:00

The Hard Shoulder

Chris Petit <em>Granta, 215pp, £12.99</em>

ISBN 1862074623

The closing of the mind. The American civil war was about more than the preservation of the Union. It was a battle of ideas. By Kenan Malik
By Kenan Malik - 22 October 13:00

The Metaphysical Club: a story of ideas in America

Louis Menand<em> Flamingo, 480pp, £19.99</em>

Paperback reader
By Lisa Allardice - 15 October 13:00

The Bay of Angels

Anita Brookner <em>Penguin, 217pp, £6.99</em>

ISBN 0670896624

It must be magic
By Jennie Bristow - 15 October 13:00

J K Rowling: a biography

Sean Smith <em>Michael O'Mara, 224pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 1854798200

Novel of the week
By Rachel Cooke - 15 October 13:00

The Bulgari Connection

Fay Weldon <em>Flamingo, 220pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 0007121261

A reputation of merit
By John Gray - 15 October 13:00

Michael Young: social entrepreneur

Asa Briggs <em>Palgrave, 432pp, £52.50</em>

ISBN 0333750233

Here comes Charlie
By Ken Worpole - 15 October 13:00

Letters from England

Karel Capek, translated by Geoffrey Newsome<em> Claridge Press, 192pp, £12.99

A long way from Oz
By Roger Lewis - 15 October 13:00

Show and Tell: New Yorker profiles

John Lahr<em> Bloomsbury, 335pp, £20</em>

Merciless merriment
By Rebecca Abrams - 15 October 13:00

The Complete Short Stories

Muriel Spark<em> Viking, 407pp, £20</em>

ISBN 0670911720

Only connect. A S Byatt admires a novel that explores the simultaneous memory and forgetting of modern Germany
By A S Byatt - 15 October 13:00


W G Sebald <em>Hamish Hamilton, 432pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 0241141257

His own journey
By Stephen Pollard - 08 October 13:00

Politics and Progress

David Blunkett<em> Politico's, 170pp, £8.99</em>

ISBN 1842750240

By Jackie Ashley - 08 October 13:00

Cherie: the perfect life of Mrs Blair

Linda McDougall <em>Politico's, 286pp, £17.99</em>


Faking it. Frank McLynn on the life of Prince Charles's celebrated guru: a fraud, liar and crazed right-winger
By Frank McLynn - 08 October 13:00

Storyteller: the many lives of Laurens van der Post

J D F Jones <em>John Murray, 505pp, £25</em>

Who killed Bravo?
By Nicola Upson - 08 October 13:00

Death at the Priory: love, sex and murder in Victorian England

James Ruddick<em> Atlantic Books, 2

The end of an empire
By George Lucas - 08 October 13:00

The Rise and Fall of Marks & Spencer

Judi Bevan <em>Profile Books, 269pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 18619

Novel of the week
By Martyn Bedford - 08 October 13:00


Alan Judd <em>HarperCollins, 265pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 0002259400

Paperback reader
By Alex Gibbons - 08 October 13:00

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury <em>HarperCollins, 172pp, £7.99</em>

ISBN 0006546064

Achievement famine
By Kathryn Hughes - 08 October 13:00


Chris Rojek <em>Reaktion Books, 208pp, £12.95</em>

ISBN 1861891040

The fear of life
By Mick Hume - 01 October 13:00

Vigor Mortis: the end of the death taboo

Kate Berridge <em>Profile Books, 273pp, £17.99</em>


Paperback reader
By Lisa Allardice - 01 October 13:00

Aiding and Abetting

Muriel Spark <em>Penguin, 211pp, £5.99</em>

ISBN 0670894281

An imperfect spy
By Phillip Knightley - 01 October 13:00

Open Secret: the autobiography of the former director-general of MI5

Stella Rimington <em>Hutchins

Saving Vidia. James Wood on V S Naipaul: "the greatest living analyst of the colonial and post-colonial dilemma"
By David Edgar - 01 October 13:00

Half a Life

V S Naipaul <em>Picador, 224pp, £15.99</em>

ISBN 0330485164