Books
13 February 2006
When I first picked up this book, I wondered how the author, Sharman Apt Russell, a middle-aged American academic,...
Food and Drink
09 January 2006
When I was a binger, I always approached the Christmas period with trepidation. During the rest of the year, I binged...
Business
21 March 2005
There are a lot of excellent things in Niall Murtagh's book about being a blue-eyed, brown-haired worker in a Japanese...
Books
11 October 2004
Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian refugee who prefers to be called Sir Alfred Mehran, is the man who has lived on a...
Books
19 July 2004
This terrific book, which had me gripped from the start and which I buzzed through in a few happy hours, is about the...
Books
03 May 2004
When I saw the cover of this book, which depicts various scenes from 6 May 1954, the day Roger Bannister broke the four...
Business
22 March 2004
This is a book about the world's best-known brand, and it tells you pretty much what you'd expect to hear - that people...
Books
16 February 2004
Tim Guest's mother was one of the "Orange People" - a follower of the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. At a low ebb...
Books
04 August 2003
Mary Roach sets out to discover what happens to bodies after people die. Some bodies are buried and some are cremated,...
Books
09 June 2003
If you're put off by the £10 price tag on this little book, don't be; it's terrific. On one level, it's about the...
Books
26 May 2003
At the beginning of this book about why some people are obsessed with climbing mountains, Robert Macfarlane remembers a...
Books
10 March 2003
Nicholas van Hoogstraten, you might remember, is the "devil's landlord" who was jailed for ten years in 2002 for the...
Books
09 September 2002
''Gothic," writes Gavin Baddeley, "is one of those curious terms we think we understand . . . Placed under the...
Food and Drink
26 November 2001
When Steve McQueen was dying of mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by asbestos poisoning as well as smoking, he...
Books
29 October 2001
Before I read this book, I knew that Robert Mitchum had been to jail, that he drank, that he liked canoodling with...

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