Zenga Longmore

Edwardian London

Imagine Eastenders directed by David Lynch

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Ghostly doings are afoot in Edwardian London. Choking fog rolls over the treacle- black Thames. Braziers cast eerie shadows in…


The Quickening, by Julie Myerson — review

30 March 2013 9:00 am

The plot of The Quickening (Arrow/ Hammer, £9.99) by Julie Myerson (pictured) revolves around pregnant, newlywed Rachel and her sinister…

Getting the knives out

3 November 2012 9:00 am

It’s odd that this book should be about a cleaner, because it exactly conjures up the emotions I felt when…

Carrying on regardless

21 July 2012 6:00 am

As a devotee of Fay Weldon I was amazed but nonetheless delighted by the change of her usual style. Set…

Golden oldies

16 June 2012 6:00 am

Jackie Kay, one of Scotland’s most celebrated living writers, is a woman of many voices. In her latest collection of…

Going to the fair

28 April 2012 10:00 am

Why would anyone want to buy this dreadful book? The frightful Simon Cowell appears to have co-operated with the author,…

Growing up in no man’s land

23 April 2008 12:00 am

Zenga Longmore on Yasmin Hai's new book

Venus in tears

8 March 2007 8:22 am

Saartjie Baartman, who performed under the name of ‘the Hottentot Venus’, became one of the most famous theatrical attractions of…

Happy days in Middle America

28 September 2006 10:26 am

According to Bill Bryson, 99.9 per cent of the world’s ills originated in America during the 1950s. Well, he doesn’t…

How to succeed as a failure

14 September 2006 9:42 am

‘Why do your tales of degradation and humiliation make you so popular?’ a fellow drinker at Moe’s Bar asks Homer…

Rescued by reindeer

15 April 2006 12:00 am

‘Something about the idea of being a travel writer distresses me,’ laments Jenny Diski in the introduction of her book.…

The distaff side of death

17 September 2005 12:00 am

The reason one heads straight for the obituary column when one is confronted by the Daily Telegraph is the abundance…

The ghosts that haunt Brick Lane

16 April 2005 12:00 am

What an extraordinary book. It reminds me of a magnificently woven carpet whose eclectic style combines oriental, East- ern European…

An uninspired foreign correspondent

23 October 2004 12:00 am

What are the essential elements that make a good book of letters? The first is mild spite. Had John Gielgud…

A bas la différence!

22 November 2003 12:00 am

Kathy Lette’s latest novel begins with a zany one-liner: ‘How can we win the sex war when we keep fraternising…

Intruder in the dust

15 March 2003 12:00 am

The Emma of the title was an intrepid young woman who journeyed to the Sudan in search of exotic adventure.…

Mr Nice and Mr Nasty

28 December 2002 12:00 am

Quentin Crisp was, among other delightful things, a human paradox. He loathed the Gay Liberation Movement as bitterly as he…