Bookends: Prep-school passions

19 May 2012 10:00 am

In his introductory eulogy, Peter Parker calls In the Making: The Story of a Childhood  (Penguin, £8.99) G. F. Green’s…


Bookends: Pure gold

5 May 2012 11:00 am

Even nowadays, a 50-year career in pop music is a rare and wondrous thing, and for a woman triply so.…


Bookends: … and the inner tube

28 April 2012 10:00 am

In the early 1990s, when Boris Johnson was making his name as the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, Sonia Purnell was…


Bookends: Tilling tales

21 April 2012 10:00 am

Several years ago, I listed as my literary heroes Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations and E. F. Benson’s Lucia. The…


Bookends: Terribly Tudor

31 March 2012 9:00 am

History publishers like a gimmick, so I assumed Suzannah Lipscomb’s A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England (Ebury, £12.99) must be…


Bookends: A matter of opinion

24 March 2012 10:00 am

In an age when the merely mildly curious believe they can get all they really need to know from Wikipedia…


Bookends: Down on the farm

10 March 2012 12:00 am

Can we please have an inquiry into why already talented people are allowed to go off and be brilliant at…


Bookends: Wasp without a sting

3 March 2012 9:00 am

‘It may be hard to accept that a chaste teenage girl can end up in bed with the President of…


Bookends: Dickensian byways

25 February 2012 9:00 am

Is there room for yet another book on Dickens? Probably not, but we’ll have it anyway. The Dickens Dictionary (Icon,…


Bookends: Short and sweet

11 February 2012 9:00 am

Before texts and Twitter there were postcards. Less hi-tech, but they kept people in touch. Angela Carter (pictured above) and…


Bookends: Trouble and strife

4 February 2012 10:00 am

It isn’t true that Joanna Trollope (pictured above) only produces novels about the kind of people who have an Aga…


Bookends: Doors of perception

21 January 2012 10:00 am

Unlike most of the old rockers he writes about, the esteemed US critic Greil Marcus is becoming more prolific as…


Bookends: The year of living dangerously

14 January 2012 10:00 am

Most people who recall 1976 do so for its appallingly hot summer, when parks turned brown and roads melted. Some…


Bookends: A shaggy beast of a book

7 January 2012 10:00 am

Autobiography is a tricky genre to get right, which may be why so many well-known people keep having another go…


Bookends: An unreal world

31 December 2011 9:00 am

Even by Hollywood standards, Carrie Fisher is pretty crazy. She was born a Hollywood princess, and remembers her parents —…


Bookends: A metropolitan menagerie

17 December 2011 7:00 pm

London has always loved its animals. James I kept elephants in St James’s Park (allowed a gallon of wine per…


Bookends: Saving JFK

10 December 2011 11:00 am

Stephen King’s latest novel is a time-travel fantasy about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At almost 750 pages, 11.22.63…


Bookends: Not filthy enough

26 November 2011 11:00 am

The Pursued (Penguin, £12.99) is a lost crime thriller by C. S. Forester, the author of the Hornblower novels. It…


Bookends: About a boy

12 November 2011 11:00 am

The Go-Between was L.P. Hartley’s best novel, Joseph Losey’s best film, and probably Harold Pinter’s best screenplay. In the novel,…


Bookends: Spirit of place

5 November 2011 12:00 pm

A new book by Ronald Blythe is something of an event. In recent years the bard of Akenfield has mostly…


Bookends: The showbiz Boris Johnson

29 October 2011 11:00 am

Amiability can take you a long way in British public life. James Corden is no fool: he co-wrote and co-starred…



3 September 2011 12:00 am

How to bury a body



27 August 2011 10:00 am

Pooh-poohed by Owl

Bookends: Laughing by the book

13 August 2011 12:00 am

Laughing by the book.


6 August 2011 12:00 am

The Super Age