Charlotte Moore


The boy who rebuilt the sun on earth

4 July 2015 9:00 am

In 2008, when Taylor Wilson was 14, he created a working nuclear fusion reactor, ‘a miniature sun on earth’. At…


Monstrous, beautiful, damaged people make for tiresome company in Polly Samson’s The Kindness

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Julian is clever, handsome and spoiled, a gilded youth who has all the girls wanting to mother him, and a…

Winston Churchill leaving Westminster Pier, with Harry Hopkins, John Winant, and William Bullitt Photo: Getty

Powers of persuasion: how Churchill brought America on side

7 February 2015 9:00 am

In time for the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death comes this pacy novel about his attempts to persuade the Americans…

Keira Knightley at the premiere for 'A Dangerous Method' Photo: Getty

Sabina Spielrein and the great Jung/Freud cover-up

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Sabina Spielrein was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with groundbreaking ideas about the role of the reproductive drive in human psychology…

Sweeping away evidence: where in those calm, tile-floored 17th-century rooms can we even glimpse a spittoon? ‘Dutch Interior’ by Pieter Janssens Elinga

The history of the home – with the spittoons put back in

25 October 2014 9:00 am

In 1978, a family of Russian ‘Old Believers’ living in a supposedly uninhabited part of the Siberian taiga were discovered…

The front door of 10 Downing Street. Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Andrew Marr thinks he’s a novelist. I don’t

20 September 2014 9:00 am

It’s September 2017, and our still apparently United Kingdom is in the throes of a referendum campaign. The wise, charming,…

1920s Jewellery

In love with the lodger

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Champion Hill, Camberwell, 1922. A mother and daughter, stripped of their menfolk by the Great War, struggle to make ends…


The Russian literary celebrity who begged Tolstoy to spare Prince Andrei

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya was a literary celebrity in pre-revolutionary St Petersburg. She chose the pen-name ‘Teffi’ because it was androgynous,…

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Start with a torpedo, and see where you go from there

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Sebastian Barry’s new novel opens with a bang, as a German torpedo hits a supply ship bound for the Gold…

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Photo: Getty

Did Hurricane Katrina have an angel of mercy — or an angel of death? 

15 February 2014 9:00 am

On 28 August 2005 — Sheri Fink’s Day One — Hurricane Katrina reached New Orleans. The National Weather Service warned…

Communal, comforting and calming: tobacco in a war zone has always been important, says Kate Adie

Why Jeremy Paxman's Great War deserves a place on your bookshelf

2 November 2013 9:00 am

The Great War involved the civilian population like no previous conflict. ‘Men, women and children, factory, workshop and army —…

The Son, by Philipp Meyer - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Colonel Eli McCullough, formerly known as Tiehteti, is a living legend. The first male child born in the Republic of…

The Professor of Poetry, by Grace McCleen - review

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Elizabeth Stone, English professor at UCL,  has long lived on ‘paper and words and thin air’. Single, friendless, dessicated, respected,…

Jacob Barnett.

The Spark, by Kristine Barnett - review

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Jacob Barnett is a youthful prodigy. His IQ tested off the scale. At nine he began work on an original…

Big Brother, by Lionel Shriver - review

18 May 2013 9:00 am

‘I am white rice’ states Pandora Half-danarson, narrator of Lionel Shriver’s obesity fable. ‘I have always existed to set off…


Servants: A Downstairs View of Twentieth-century Britain, by Lucy Lethbridge – review

16 March 2013 9:00 am

As well as having to perform countless heavy chores till all hours, servants were expected to be invisible. Charlotte Moore is fascinated by the daily’s grind

'Mimi', by Lucy Ellmann - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Harrison Hanafan is a plastic surgeon in New York. Every day, he slices and stitches deluded women, reshaping healthy flesh…

Chills, but no thrills

12 January 2013 9:00 am

‘Mary and Geordie have lost a child …Why should they feel they are entitled to grieve? It’s so commonplace.’ Paul…

Mother of sorrows

27 October 2012 9:00 am

This novella tells the story of the Crucifixion from the point of view of Mary. Contrary to art historical belief…

Another Restoration romp

1 September 2012 9:00 am

Robert Merivel made his first appearance in 1989, in Restoration, Rose Tremain’s popular and acclaimed Carolingian novel. The passage of…


My Dear Governess, edited by Irene Goldman Price

18 August 2012 6:00 am

‘I have finished Julius Caesar since I last wrote & I cannot say that it left a very glowing impression…

Welsh wizardry

23 June 2012 6:00 am

After Brock is a slightly eccentric rite-of-passage novel rooted firmly in the Marches. In September 2009, we are told, an…

Cry freedom

21 April 2012 11:00 am

Scenes From Early Life is a rather dull title for a deeply interesting book. It is a novel; this is…

Tragedy of Antigone

3 March 2012 10:00 am

Sofka Zinovieff’s absorbing first novel has two narrative voices. Maud is the English widow of Nikitas, whose death in a…

Intrigue and foreboding

11 February 2012 10:00 am

In 2009, Alone in Berlin, Hans Fallada’s masterpiece about civilian resistance to Nazism, appeared in English for the first time.…