In Brief

Crime fiction

Barry Forshaw has made a profession out of commenting on crime fiction, of all kinds. In this latest pocket guide he turns his attention to the subgenre that combines crime...

  • Historical Noir

    Barry Forshaw

In Brief

Capitalism

Why has the Left across the industrialized world failed to capitalize on the anger against rising inequality, or the growing chorus of discontent with capitalism? Tim Rogan’s perceptive account of...

  • The Moral Economists

    Tim Rogan

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Mythography

David Livingstone casts a long shadow. Scottish, working-class, Nonconformist, eccentric and self-immolating, in his life – and especially in his death – he became the posterboy for the ambiguous enterprise...

  • Empire of Sentiment

    Joanna Lewis

In Brief

Love

Accounts of desire leave a lot to be desired. Like the word “desire”, they are often somewhere between the transitive and the intransitive – drifting, labile, commitedly indecisive. They can...

  • SHAKESPEARE, LOVE AND

    David Schalkwyk

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Journalism

Journalism A sickly child whittled “fusewire-thin” by coeliac disease, Jonathan Raban took sanctuary in his books, which, he writes in For Love & Money, “admitted me to their world open-handedly,...

  • FOR LOVE & MONEY

    Jonathan Raban

In Brief

Ireland

The imminence of Brexit in 2019 and the prospect of a hard border between the UK and Ireland have coincided with a flurry of books on Irish partition. The journalist...

  • HARD BORDER

    Darach MacDonald

In Brief

Comics

There will be few people who grew up in Germany who will not have crossed paths, at one time or another, with Father and Son, the heroes of E. O....

  • FATHER AND SON

    E. O. Plauen

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Gentlemen

John Buchan was a man of many talents and professions. As a journalist, he rose to be a Reuters board member. As a military man, he briefly served as Director...

  • THE RUNAGATES CLUB

    John Buchan

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German literature

The revelation in his memoir Peeling the Onion (2006) that he had been a teenage member of the Waffen-SS, tarnished Günter Grass’s public image as a crusading truth teller. It...

  • Günter Grass

    Julian Preece

In Brief

Polemic

In 2016, John Sutherland, then seventy-eight, Professor Emeritus (“Latin for scrapheap”) of Modern English Literature, at University College London, published The War on the Old. Two years later, he has...

  • The War on the Young

    John Sutherland