P.J. Kavanagh

Muddling through

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


A man after his time

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

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

Spirit of place

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

Nearly guiltless

Ashes to Ashes, by Marcus Berkmann

A balancing act

English Catholic Heroes, edited by John Jolliffe


Tough love

A Prickly Affair, by Hugh Warwick

Nooks for rooks

P.J. Kavanagh on two ornithological books

The pity of it

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

Llamas but no locals

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

Fighting his corner

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

Thinking like a river

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

Hazy like foothills

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


Fresh woods and pastors new

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

Richness in diversity

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

Guilt and defiance

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

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

Ode to the A202

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

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

Band of brothers

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

Mid-life midsummer madness

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