Books
19 September 2005
John McGahern has always been a mesmerising writer of fiction. His ravishing Memoir discloses the source of his genius...
Books
30 May 2005
Penguins, to any member of the British empire born before, during or shortly after the Second World War, were as much a...
Books
15 September 2003
Anne Somerset's tale of poison, alchemy, Satanism and stupidity in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King, at Versailles...
Books
01 September 2003
Edmund White is a greedy writer - he loves imagining, loves words. This time he uses his considerable virtuosity to...
Books
23 June 2003
Nadine Gordimer's exceptional gifts as a writer - her intelligence, her moral sense - have been comprehensively...
Books
19 May 2003
Commenting on a book as good as this requires firm control over superlatives. On the jacket of Hilary Mantel's memoir,...
Culture
09 April 2001
In the years following the Second World War, General de Gaulle orchestrated a mythology about the role of France after...
Food and Drink
16 August 1999
Every ten years or so the journalist and historian John Ardagh writes a book about the French. He began in the 1960s,...
11 December 1998
For most of the past decade I've spent much of my time in south-west France. This month I upped sticks and returned to...