P.J. Kavanagh

Muddling through

2 June 2012 7:00 pm

It so happened that in 1961 I was part of a little group — three of us — which welcomed…


A man after his time

30 June 2010 12:00 am

Denys Watkins-Pitchford (1905-1990) illustrated dozens of books under his double-barrel and wrote at least 60 of his own under the two initials ‘BB’.


Continuity under threat

6 January 2010 12:00 am

This handsome and encouraging book is perhaps unfortunate in its title.

Spirit of place

23 September 2009 12:00 am

A Writer’s Britain: Landscape in Literature, by Margaret Drabble

Nearly guiltless

1 July 2009 12:00 am

Ashes to Ashes, by Marcus Berkmann

A balancing act

12 December 2008 12:00 am

English Catholic Heroes, edited by John Jolliffe


Tough love

12 November 2008 12:00 am

A Prickly Affair, by Hugh Warwick

Nooks for rooks

6 August 2008 12:00 am

P.J. Kavanagh on two ornithological books

The pity of it

23 July 2008 12:00 am

P.J. Kavanagh on the new book by Robert Edric

Llamas but no locals

7 May 2008 12:00 am

P.J. Kavanagh reviews two books which deal with English community

Fighting his corner

30 April 2008 12:00 am

P.J. Kavanagh reviews Jean Moorcroft Wilson's biography of Isaac Rosenberg

Thinking like a river

26 March 2008 12:00 am

P.J. Kavanagh on Tom Fort's account of punting down the River Trent

Hazy like foothills

5 March 2008 12:00 am

P.J. Kavanagh on James Michie's new poetry collection

‘Almost’ religious joy

7 November 2007 12:33 pm

P. J. Kavanagh


All together now

17 October 2007 12:32 pm

P. J. Kavanagh

Fresh woods and pastors new

14 June 2007 10:54 am

It is good to be reminded of the left-wing writers of the 1930s who took arms against the injustices of…

Richness in diversity

16 May 2007 11:25 pm

I seem to have missed the name David Crystal. He is clearly a phonetician, expert in linguistics, but the blurb…

Guilt and defiance

8 March 2007 8:43 am

It will be news to nobody that England (or ‘the Crown’) and Ireland had been in a state of mutual…

John Bull as a master of delicacy

26 October 2006 11:19 am

This is a book that tells the reader a great deal about a certain kind of Englishman in his interesting…

Ode to the A202

13 September 2006 6:41 pm

A personal note, but relevant: I first picked up this large book at about two o’clock in the afternoon, and…

The murder of Bamber Gascoigne

25 May 2006 11:10 am

Listing page content here This book, about real people, was intended to be about quite different ones. In her postscript,…

Band of brothers

12 November 2005 12:00 am

In bad light, after some confusion, the bails were ceremonially removed by the umpires late in the evening of 12…

Mid-life midsummer madness

13 August 2005 12:00 am

Many things lead to addiction and obsessiveness, even madness, but one of the most surprising, and lasting, is cricket. You…