fri 03/07/2020

book reviews and features

John Grisham: The Guardians review - nail-bitingly good

Marina Vaizey

Some two million Americans are currently in prison in America. A disproportionate number are black and nearly 200,...

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Robert Service: Kremlin Winter review – behind Putin's masks

James Dowsett

When U.S. president George W. Bush looked into the eyes of Vladimir Putin he famously “saw his soul”. In his latest meditation on modern...

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Ted Gioia: Music: A Subversive History review – an informative, giddying ride

Sebastian Scotney

People who derive comfort from Classic FM’s strapline that European classical music is “The World's Greatest Music" are going to have a major problem with this book. American music historian...

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Book extract: Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich

theartsdesk

Between 1991 to 2012, Belorussian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich travelled the countries that constituted the former...

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Book extract: Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich

theartsdesk

Between 1991 to 2012, Belorussian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich travelled the countries that constituted the former...

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Book extract: Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich

theartsdesk

Between 1991 to 2012, Belorussian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich travelled the countries that constituted the former...

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Caroline Moorehead: A House in the Mountains review – the women's war against Fascism

Boyd Tonkin

In September 1944, a heavily pregnant Resistance activist in the north of German-occupied Italy was arrested on a visit to Milan. Lisetta Giua, a law student and fiancée of the Jewish anti-Fascist...

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Irenosen Okojie: Nudibranch review - daring and surreal

Jessica Payn

Visceral, gaudy, alien, otherworldly to the point of being almost improbably imaginative, the nudibranch serves as an appropriate figure for Nigerian-British writer Irenosen Okojie’s muscularly...

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Julian Barnes: The Man in the Red Coat review – all that glitters…

Sarah Collins

“Chauvinism is the worst form of ignorance” is the maxim of Dr Pozzi, the hero of Julian Barnes’s latest book...

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Michael Connelly: The Night Fire review - unputdownable

Marina Vaizey

Ballard and Bosch sound like some dystopian upmarket commodity. They are, but deep in with the low life. They are Michael Connolly’s new duo of detectives, one in semi-disgrace, one retired. Throw...

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