Seeing the truth
By Magnus Magnusson - 25 December 12:00

Magnus Magnusson celebrates the work of the great Icelandic Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness

Fall into reason. Edward Skidelsky on Freud the theologian, a spinner of secular myths
By Edward Skidelsky - 25 December 12:00

Freud: darkness in the midst of vision

Louis Breger <em>John Wiley, 472pp, £19.99</em>

ISBN 047

Missing in action
By Adam Newey - 18 December 12:00

Keith Douglas: the complete poems

Edited by Desmond Graham <em>Faber & Faber, 175pp, £12.99</em>

Fatuous foodies
By Bee Wilson - 18 December 12:00

The Return of the Naked Chef

Jamie Oliver <em>Michael Joseph, 288pp, £20</em>

ISBN 0718144392

Losing the plot
By John Colvin - 18 December 12:00

Guilty Victim: Austria from the Holocaust to Haider

Hella Pick<em> I B Tauris, 256pp, £24.50</em>

Devil worship
By Frank McLynn - 18 December 12:00

The Yellow Cross: the story of the last Cathars 1290-1329

Rene Weis<em> Viking, 453pp, £20</em>

Novel of the week
By Kathryn Heyman - 18 December 12:00

From Caucasia, With Love

Danzy Senna <em>Bloomsbury, 413pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 0747550425

A rust bowl
By Anthony Clare - 18 December 12:00

Perfidious Man

Will Self and David Gamble<em> Viking, 160pp, £12.99</em>

ISBN 0670889814

Novel of the week
By Patricia Duncker - 11 December 12:00

Rough Music

Patrick Gale <em>Flamingo, 374pp, £9.99</em>

ISBN 0002261219

I saw the world end
By Henry Sheen - 11 December 12:00

Journey to Portugal

Jose Saramago <em>Harvill Press, 463pp, £20</em>

ISBN 1860467040

Pastoral fatalism
By Adam Newey - 11 December 12:00

The New Penguin Book of English Verse

Edited by Paul Keegan <em>Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 118

Flip side of decency
By Peregrine Worsthorne - 11 December 12:00

The Journals of Woodrow Wyatt, Volume 3

Edited by Sarah Curtis <em>Macmillan, 843pp, £25</em>


Radical chic
By Brenda Maddox - 11 December 12:00

The Quarrel of the Age: the life and times of William Hazlitt

A C Grayling <em>Weidenfeld and Nico

Cheeky boys
By Andrew Martin - 11 December 12:00

Dumbstruck: a cultural history of ventriloquism

Steven Connor <em>Oxford University Press, 449pp,

By David Sharp - 11 December 12:00

Gassed: a history of British chemical warfare experiments on humans

Rob Evans <em>House of Stratus

Ugly duckling
By Nicola Upson - 04 December 12:00

Hans Christian Andersen: the life of a storyteller

Jackie Wullschlager <em>Allen Lane, The Penguin

Commentary - Towards a paperless future
By Christopher Gasson - 04 December 12:00

Christopher Gassonanalyses the changes taking place in the world of e-books

The drugs don't work
By Julian Keeling - 04 December 12:00

Opium: a portrait of the heavenly demon

Barbara Hodgson<em> Souvenir Press, 152pp, £16.99</em>


What the butler saw
By George Lucas - 04 December 12:00

Maestro: Greenspan's Fed and the American boom

Bob Woodward <em>Simon & Schuster, 270pp, £17.99</e

Novel of the week
By William Cook - 04 December 12:00

Too Far Afield

Gunter Grass <em>Faber & Faber, 672pp, £25</em>

ISBN 0571190162

Action man
By David Steel - 04 December 12:00

The Ashdown Diaries: volume one - 1988-1997

<em>Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 638pp, £20</em>


Robert Winder on Robert Browning's The Ring and the Book
By Robert Winder - 27 November 12:00

I cannot remember why I stuffed The Ring and the Book into a rucksack for a summer hitch-hiking tour of Europe. A cross between boastfulness and pragmatism, I expect: I needed something that could be sucked slowly.

Books of the Year
By Staff blogger - 27 November 12:00

Stephen Amidon on Herbert Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man
By Stephen Amidon - 27 November 12:00

One-Dimensional Man

Herbert Marcuse <em>Routledge, £11.99 pbk</em>

ISBN 0415074290

Will Self on Charles Maclean's St Kilda: Island on the Edge of the World
By Will Self - 27 November 12:00

St Kilda: Island on the Edge of the World

Charles Maclean <em>Canongate, £5.99 pbk</em>

ISBN 086

Kathryn Hughes on Carolyn Steedman's Landscape for a Good Woman
By Kathryn Hughes - 27 November 12:00

Landscape for a Good Woman

Carolyn Steedman <em>Virago, £8.99 pbk</em>

ISBN 0860685594