Bananas are better
By Claire Rayner - 03 May 13:00

The Improvised Woman

Marcelle Clements <em>W W Norton, 351pp, £18.95</em>

Novel of the week
By Douglas McCabe - 26 April 13:00


Tobias Hill <em>Faber & Faber, 248pp, £9.99</em>

Sans everything
By David Sharp - 26 April 13:00

Time of our Lives

Tom Kirkwood <em>Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 277pp, £20</em>

Heads off
By Lavinia Greenlaw - 26 April 13:00

Sixty Poems

Ian Hamilton <em>Faber & Faber, 80pp, £7.99</em>

Poems: New and Collected 1957-97

Knowing too much
By James Hopkin - 26 April 13:00

Into the Looking-Glass Wood

Alberto Manguel <em>Bloomsbury, 273pp, £20</em>

Commentary - Footloose in La-La land
By George Walden - 26 April 13:00

Great bookshops and galleries, sunshine and starlets - George Waldenlolls in LA

Godot or Grace?
By Stephen Moss - 26 April 13:00

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1999

Matthew Engel (editor) <em>John Wisden & Co Ltd, 1,520pp, £28</em

The mouse roars
By Frank McLynn - 19 April 13:00

The Roots of Romanticism

Isaiah Berlin <em>Chatto & Windus, 171pp, £20</em>

God's own squad
By Grace Bradberry - 19 April 13:00

Why Me? My Life as a Healer

Eileen Drewery <I>Headline, 251pp, £16.99</I

Commentary: Small Presses. North meets South on the M1
By Nicholas Royle - 19 April 13:00

Nicholas Royle on how his first novel was rescued from oblivion after years of rejection

Novel of the week
By Nicholas Clee - 19 April 13:00

A Stairway to Paradise

Madeleine St John <em>Fourth Estate, 185pp, £10.99</em>

Big-headed boy
By Catherine Hickman - 19 April 13:00

Bruce Chatwin

Nicholas Shakespeare <em>The Harvill Press, 550pp, £20</em>

Small Presses Special - Go Gator and Muddy the Water
By Tamsin Todd - 09 April 13:00

Go Gator and Muddy the Water: Writings from the Federal Writers Project

Zora Neale Hurston, edited

Small Presses Special - Rage of the Serbs
By Stephen Howe - 09 April 13:00

Rage of the Serbs

Marjorie Radulovic <em>The Book Guild, 530pp, £16.95</em>

Small Presses Special - Attic offices, skeleton staff
By D J Taylor - 09 April 13:00

Over the next two weeks, <em>NS</em> critics will shine a spotlight on the output of small publisher

Novel of the week
By Mike Phillips - 09 April 13:00

Blue Light

Walter Mosley <em>Serpent's Tail, 304pp, £9.99</em>

Thin-spun secrets
By Charlie Whelan - 09 April 13:00

All Too Human: A Political Education

George Stephanopoulos <em>Hutchinson, 456pp, £17.99</em>

Small Presses Special - British Think-Tanks and the Climate of Opinion
By Ziauddin Sardar - 09 April 13:00

British Think-Tanks and the Climate of Opinion

Andrew Denham and Mark Garnett <em>UCL Press, 228pp

Object of oppression
By Lisa Jardine - 02 April 13:00

Monica's Story

Andrew Morton <em>Michael O'Mara Books, 288pp, £16.99</em>

Commentary - The horror, what horror?
By James Harkin - 02 April 13:00

James Harkin wrests Conrad's <em>Heart of Darkness </em>from the grasp of opportunists

Novel of the week
By Sophia Hesselgren - 02 April 13:00

The Drowning People

Richard Mason <em>Michael Joseph, 333pp, £10</em>

Paranoid Prescott
By Christian Wolmar - 02 April 13:00


Ian Newton with Nathan Williams <em>Vision Paperbacks, 186pp, £9.99</em>

Frozen in childhood
By Martyn Bedford - 02 April 13:00

Roses from the Earth: The Biography of Anne Frank

Carol Ann Lee <em>Viking, 297pp, £16.99</em>

The sun also sets
By John Lloyd - 26 March 12:00

A History of Japan: from stone age to superpower

Kenneth G Henshall<em> Macmillan, 264pp, £47.50 h

Hungarian elegy
By Ruth Pavey - 26 March 12:00

They Were Counted

Miklos Banffy, translated by Patrick Thursfield and Kathy Banffy-Jelen <em>Arcad

Commentary - Martin Amis ate my novel
By Gareth Creer - 26 March 12:00

Gareth Creer smells a conspiracy to keep first novelists out of the review pages