From the archive
By Staff blogger - 20 December 12:00

In the first of an occasional series we publish reviews of great books from the <em>NS</em> archive

The novel is dead, long live the novel
By Jason Cowley - 20 December 12:00

Far from being an exhausted art form, as V S Naipaul and others have argued, the novel is in robust

By Sarah Bancroft - 20 December 12:00

The American Century: Art & Culture (Two Volumes, 1900-1950; 1950-2000)

Lisa Phillips <em>Whitney

"I will arise again"
By Francis Gilbert - 20 December 12:00

Last month, after completing his biography of London, Peter Ackroyd suffered a huge heart attack. He

The Irish rover
By Nicholas Fearn - 20 December 12:00

The Falling Angels

John Walsh <em>HarperCollins, 282pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 0002570602

Pity the Germans
By Mark Mazower - 20 December 12:00

Beyond the Wall: The Lost World of East Germany

S Marsden and D McLaren <em>Little, Brown, 128pp,

Novel of the week
By Peter Donaldson - 13 December 12:00

Daughter of Fortune

Isabel Allende <em>Flamingo, 399pp, £16.99</em>

ISBN 0002259753

By Julie Wheelwright - 13 December 12:00

All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies

Elizabeth D Leonard <em>W W Norton, 3

The big comeback
By Stephen Graubard - 13 December 12:00

From Empire to Europe: The Decline and Revival of British Industry Since the Second World War


Act of revenge
By Peter Wilby - 13 December 12:00


Amanda Platell <em>Piatkus, 298pp, £5.99</em>

ISBN 0749931191

Forging our history
By Geoffrey Wheatcroft - 13 December 12:00

The Isles: A History

Norman Davies <em>Macmillan,1,264pp, £30</em>

ISBN 033376370X

Right, Charlie
By Charles Nevin - 06 December 12:00

The Spencer Family

Charles Spencer <em>Viking, 368pp, £20</em>

ISBN 0670883239

Novel of the week
By Roz Kaveney - 06 December 12:00

Hearts in Atlantis

Stephen King <em>Hodder & Stoughton, 500pp, £17.99</em>

ISBN 0340738901

War zone
By Norman Stone - 06 December 12:00

The Balkans 1904-1999: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers

Misha Glenny <em>Granta, 726pp, £25</

A sense of an ending
By Nicholas Fearn - 06 December 12:00

Twentieth Century: A History of the World 1901 to the Present

J M Roberts <em>Allen Lane, 856pp, £

Ra, ra, Rasputin
By Bernard Ingham - 06 December 12:00

The Powers Behind the Prime Minister: The Hidden Influence of Number Ten

Dennis Kavanagh and Antho

Wrong turn
By Mark Garnett - 06 December 12:00

The Rebel Who Lost His Cause: The Tragedy of John Beckett MP

Francis Beckett <em>London House, 256

Crime waves
By Nicola Upson - 06 December 12:00

Southern Seas

Manuel Vasquez Montalban <em>Serpent's Tail, 224pp, £6.99</em>

ISBN 1852427000

Children's books
By Staff blogger - 29 November 12:00

<strong>Amanda Craig</strong> on videos and <strong>Geoffrey Wheatcroft</strong> on fiction

Books of the year
By Staff blogger - 29 November 12:00

Joan Bakewell, Terry Eagleton, Roy Foster, Jonathan Coe, Melvyn Bragg and more

Family century - Martin, by Evelyn, out of Saul
By Robert Winder - 29 November 12:00

Imagine a visit by Waugh to the Bellow stud. Whom do they beget? Amis <em>fils</em>, of course. Robe

Audio century
By Francis Gilbert - 29 November 12:00

Francis Gilbert

Books of the century
By Staff blogger - 29 November 12:00

<strong>Malcolm Bradbury</strong>, <strong>Martyn Bedford</strong>, <strong>Gillian Beer</strong>, <

By Roz Kaveney - 29 November 12:00

Roz Kaveney

Poetry books
By Lavinia Greenlaw - 29 November 12:00

Anthologies of time and space

Unnecessary war
By Frank McLynn - 22 November 12:00

Crimea: The Great Crimean War 1854-1856

Trevor Royle <em>Little, Brown, 564pp, £22.50</em>


Favourite monarch
By Terri Natale - 22 November 12:00

King Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms

Alistair Moffat <em>Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 282pp, £20</em>