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Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life - Stephen Parker

This first English language biography of Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) in two decades paints a strikingly new picture of one of the twentieth century's most controversial cultural icons. Drawing on letters, diaries and unpublished material, including Brec

Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart - review

Funny, sad and honest, Gary Shteyngart's memoir is even better than his autobiographical novels It would be easy to dismiss Gary Shteyngart's new book, Little Failure , by asking if the world really needs a memoir from someone whose early fiction was so

Dreams of the Good Life by Richard Mabey - review

The real Lark Rise to Candleford: Flora Thompson didn't write it as a pastoral Arcadia - more a history of rural England's undoing Towards the end of this terrific book, Richard Mabey points out how odd it is that no one knows whether Flora Thompson wa

Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

At the Jaipur literary festival last year as the sandwich filling in the two hunks of chewy flavoursome sourdough writers, Gary Shteyngart and Howard Jacobson, I have good reason to hate them. The audience sat unappreciatively waiting for me to finish so

The Idea of Israel by Ilan Pappe, book review

When I first visited Israel, crossing the border in the south of the country from Jordan, the burly (and as ever, heavily armed) guard at passport control asked, rather bizarrely it felt at the time, how we had heard of Israel. An odd question perhaps, bu

Romany and Tom by Ben Watt - review

Sukhdev Sandhu enjoys Ben Watt's moving memoir of his parents' love story Ben Watt, best known as one half of Everything But the Girl , says that one of the reasons he chose to study at Hull University at the start of the 1980s was because Philip Larki

Romany and Tom by Ben Watt - review

Sukhdev Sandhu enjoys Ben Watt's moving memoir of his parents' love story Ben Watt, best known as one half of Everything But the Girl , says that one of the reasons he chose to study at Hull University at the start of the 1980s was because Philip Larki

Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words: The Authorised Biography by Boel Westin, trans. by Silvester Mazzarella - book review: 'The rivers of blood that led to Moominvalley'

"All Moomintrolls go to sleep about November. This is a good idea, too, if you don't like the cold and the winter darkness." So the preface to Finn Family Moomintroll (1948) matter-of-factly tells us. Now, thanks to Boel Westin's biography of Tove Jansson

When the Hills Ask for Your Blood by David Belton - review

David Belton's account of the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath serve as a fitting tribute to the actions of a heroic Franciscan priest My first reaction when confronted with David Belton's book was to ask what is to be gained from yet another book rete