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October 16, 2006

It’s a story as old as the hills, one of those you find in every culture with the characters slightly changed. An idealistic young man agrees to help his girlfriend with book reviews for a student magazine, and is then compelled to hold his nose for a year while plucking artefacts from the diarrheic stream […]

October 2, 2006

There are so many books in the world today, and so many writers, that it’s easy for names that should be familiar to slip by unnoticed. William Boyd was a bright shining young star of literature in the early 80s, won all sorts of prizes, has continued to publish acclaimed novels and screenplays, and yet […]

September 4, 2006

This is another in A&U’s series Books that Shook the World, a range of booklength commentaries analysing the most influential books in history. A few weeks ago, I reviewed Simon Blackburn’s book on Plato’s Republic, which I thought was a tedious and unenlightening attempt at writing for a Cambridge professor. Now I see the Dominion’s […]

July 31, 2006

Most of us shy away from those animal rights activists dressed in chicken suits who accost passers-by on Courtenay Place. Firstly, because we might catch hippie germs; secondly, because we suspect that they might have a point.

July 17, 2006


May 27, 2006

Why does the turgid airport thriller incite my wrath?

May 27, 2006

It’s the stuff of nightmares. Two belligerent leaders with beliefs entirely opposed, with populaces afraid to dissent, and with the ability to precipitate nuclear war on a whim. This was a fear the world faced constantly from the late 1940s through to 1989. The achievement of Yale professor John Lewis Gaddis is not just his […]

May 27, 2006

Michael Cunningham’s best known work is The Hours, which won him the Pulitzer Prize. The character and writing of difficult literary genius Virginia Woolf was central to The Hours; and Cunningham has hardwired the verse of ecstatic American poet Walt Whitman into Specimen Days. It’s a triptych, with each of its three loosely connected sections […]

April 24, 2006

We all know that the actions of what could loosely be called ‘Western civilisation’ have changed the Earth’s face dramatically, and will continue to do so.

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