Please Mister Postman - Alan Johnson

In July 1969, while the Rolling Stones played a free concert in Hyde Park, Alan Johnson and his young family left West London to start a new life. The Britwell Estate in Slough, apparently notorious among the locals, in fact came as a blessed relief after

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, John Lahr: A dazzling biography

John Lahr, award-winning author and chief theatre critic emeritus of The New Yorker can be discerned through a side window of the door of the London club where we have planned to meet.

A Replacement Life review Boris Fishman tells tall tales in a fine debut

A writer is persuaded to file false claims against Germany on behalf of Russian-Jewish Holocaust survivorsI was always going to like this novel. It is about Russia and Russian-ness and America and American-ness, about the relationship between the generati

Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIIIs Most Faithful Servant review Tracy Bormans portrait is rather sketchy

This account of the rise and fall of the fascinating Thomas Cromwell is disappointingly light on facts.

Women in Dark Times review a wilfully obtuse feminist study

Jacqueline Rose wants her book to be a clarion call for a new feminism. But it is long-winded, precious and paradoxicalIn non-academic circles, Jacqueline Rose, who teaches at the University of London, is best known as the author of the 1991 book, The Hau

Alan Johnson, Please, Mister Postman, book review: An elegy to a time not so long gone

As the founder and general secretary of the AJ4PM campaign, I found This Boy, AJ’s memoir of his childhood, beautifully written, affecting, and sad.

Book review: Tenessee Williams, by John Lahr

JOHN Lahr’s biography of Tennessee Williams draws deep on new sources, says Jennifer Schuesslere

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr, book review

Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, the revealing subtitle to John Lahr's huge, often fascinating, official biography of Tennessee Williams, sounds as if it might be a reference to some risky American film starring the likes of Lana Turner.

This is Bacon - Kitty Hauser

Francis Bacon was one of the giants dominating the artistic landscape of the mid-twentieth century, and served as the inspiration and launching point for much of the figural and abstract art that came after him. This highly illustrated book features not o

This Is Bacon by Kitty Hauser review nicely subversive

A punchy introduction to an artist who attracts high scholarship and low gossip.