Books
25 February 2002
I was prepared to dislike this book very much. Claire Messud is a distinguished critic, and critics who turn to writing...
Books
29 October 2001
The British detective novel has moved about as far from Auden's prescription as possible in recent years. The idyllic...
Food and Drink
06 August 2001
Salley Vickers's novel Miss Garnet's Angel was one of the unexpected success stories of last year. Praised by a number...
Books
19 February 2001
He's back. For weeks, the bloated, red-eyed image of Sir Anthony Hopkins has been gazing out at us from gigantic...
Books
12 February 2001
This book has a simple but brilliant premise: what if our world were inverted like a photo-negative, so that black...
Politics
25 December 2000
For those unacquainted with modern childhood, the children's birthday party has changed almost out of recognition. The...
Books
30 October 2000
Philip Pullman's second novel in the His Dark Materials trilogy, The Subtle Knife, ended with a cliffhanger. Its...
Culture
17 July 2000
With Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire featured on the evening news twice during the weekend it was published, and a...
Books
10 July 2000
Rarely has a book of this kind been so topical. Jonathan Bate, whose books on Shakespeare have made him one of the...
Culture
13 March 2000
Kate Atkinson sprang to fame and fortune in 1995 with Behind the Scenes at the Museum, the remarkable novel about a...
Books
23 August 1999
Three years ago, the travel writer Helena Drysdale decided to have the holiday from hell. She, her husband and their...
Culture
12 July 1999
Harry Potter, the schoolboy wizard who has taken by storm children and adults alike, is back at Hogwarts School for...
Books
31 May 1999
Children's fiction is everywhere loved yet despised. You do not need to witness the dismal number of reviews it has...
Books
04 December 1998
Everyone knows that there are two kinds of stories for children: one in which good children live happily doing ordinary...

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