Sarah Burton

Portrait of Thomas Day by Joseph Wright

Male-order bride

23 February 2013 9:00 am

If you want to learn how to create the perfect wife, you should not read this book. You should make…

Marilyn was murdered

7 July 2012 6:00 am

In The Mill on the Floss, having been given a ‘petrifying’ summary of Daniel Defoe’s History of the Devil by…


Art for ransom

27 August 2011 10:00 am

These two books make mutually illuminating and surprisingly contrasting companions, given the similarity of their subjects.

His island story

4 November 2009 12:00 am

‘If you don’t come to terms with the ghost of your father, it will never let you be your own man.’ Here Christopher Ondaatje (brother of novelist Michael) combines his voyage of filial discovery with another quest: to pursue his obsession with a story he heard at his father’s knee, of a man-eating leopard.

First knight and his lady

15 October 2008 12:00 am

A Strange, Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and Their Remarkable Families, by Michael Holroyd

A fascinating woman, ill-served

10 September 2008 12:00 am

Star of the Morning: The Extraordinary Life of Lady Hester Stanhope, by Kirsten Ellis

The net result

30 July 2008 12:00 am

Sarah Burton on the new book by Timothy Brook

Dramatic thrills and chills

7 May 2008 12:00 am

Sarah Burton on the new book by Michael Frayn

Inscrutable lords of the deep

21 November 2007 4:25 pm

Sarah Burton

Nanny comes to the rescue

26 September 2007 2:06 pm

Celebrity culture confers celebrity status by association as much as by merit.


The invisible woman

1 August 2007 2:27 pm

Sarah Burton: The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh, by Linda Colley

The Welshman in the Court of Vienna

20 September 2006 4:33 pm

In the opening pages of Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller books are memorably divided into certain…

Challenged at the top level

10 December 2005 12:00 am

Coming as I do from a long line of hairless wonders, baldness has fascinated me since childhood. One of my…

Lucky dip for lovers

10 September 2005 12:00 am

First published in 1857, The Ladies’ Oracle dates from a period when very little literature of real merit was widely…

Mother both superior and inferior

5 March 2005 12:00 am

In January 1831 26-year-old Aurore Dupin Duvenant abandoned her secure provincial existence, her husband and small children, and set out…

Famous for being famous

22 January 2005 12:00 am

Mary Robinson: actress, poet, novelist, playwright, feminist and London bus. One could wait over a century for a biography of…

Birds in a gilded cage

25 September 2004 12:00 am

George III freely acknowledged he was in no hurry to see his daughters married: ‘I am happy in their company,…