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The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicolson review beneath the hyperbole is a good book

This enjoyable, if sometimes wordy study of the Greek poet, is impassioned and wide-ranging These days, mention of Homer is more likely to bring to mind the long-suffering Homer of The Simpsons (D'oh!) than the ancient Greek poet. But Homericisms li

Parliament: the Biography (Volume I: Ancestral Voices) by Chris Bryant, review

A bravura 'biography' of Parliament is both charming and important, says Roy Hattersley

The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing review a study of six alcoholic US writers

Affected by her own family's experience with drink, Laing's book is full of insight, compassion and unexpected beauty Travelogue, literary criticism, memoir, science, psychoanalysis: Olivia Laing's second book lines up genres like shot glasses along a bar

Coming up Trumps: A Memoir by Jean Trumpington, review

David Robson enjoys impolitic peer Jean Trumpington's bracing memoir

Book review: Rock Stars Stole My Life!

Rock journalism at its finest, with world-class egomaniacs galore.

Book review: Eleanor Marx: A life - Rachel Holmes

‘KARL Marx was the theory: Eleanor Marx was the practice,” writes Rachel Holmes, in this lively, informal and engaging account of the life of Marx’s youngest daughter.

Hans Christian Andersen: European Witness - Paul Binding

Rarely does a European or American child grow up without an introduction to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling", "The Princess and the Pea", or "Thumbelina". This book sheds new light on Andersen as an intellectual, his rise to international sta

Four Sisters:The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses - Helen Rappaport

On 17 July 1918, four young women walked down twenty-three steps into the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg. The eldest was twenty-two, the youngest only seventeen. Together with their parents and their thirteen-year-old brother, they were all brutally mu

I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales - Todd Snider

I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like, which collects Todd Snider's stories in print for the first time, takes readers on a tour through one of the most inventive and idiosyncratic minds at work today.

Good-bye to All That: An Autobiography - Robert Graves, Andrew Motion

One of the most candid self-portraits of a poet, warts and all, ever painted (The Times Literary Supplement) We see the dark heart of the book even more clearly, and hear it beating even more loudly, in this original edition than we do in the comparati