Tim Parks: Where I'm Reading From (Harvill Secker)

NOT so long ago a tyro writer who has been sojourning in foreign parts pinged me an email.

Stalin: Paradoxes of Power 1878-1928 - Stephen Kotkin

In January 1928 Stalin, the ruler of the largest country in the world, boarded a train bound for Siberia where he would embark upon the greatest gamble of his political life. He was about to begin the largest programme of social reengineering ever attempt

Merchant Adventurers: The Voyage of Discovery that Transformed Tudor England by James Evans

We tend to associate the golden age of global navigation and exploration with the Elizabethan age and such luminaries as Drake, Raleigh and Hawkins.

Where I'm Reading From: The Changing World of Books - Tim Parks

Should you finish every book you start? How has your family influenced the way you read? What is literary style? How is the Nobel Prize like the World Cup? Why do you hate the book your friend likes? Is writing really just like any other jo

The Old Vic: The Story of a Great Theatre From Kean to Olivier to Spacey - Terry Coleman

The Old Vic is one of London's most famous theatres. Since opening in 1818 it has seen a number of talented actors tread its boards and a number of dramas both on and off the stage. This book by Terry Coleman looks at the extraordinary history of the

The English and their History - Robert Tombs

In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people, and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistori

Thirteen Days in September - Lawrence Wright

A gripping day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David summit when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East, one which endures to this

Thirteen Days in September by Lawrence Wright, review: 'a tragedy of ambivalence'

Carter, Begin and Sadat showed more courage at the 1978 Camp David negotiations than we have seen in the Middle East since, argues Nicholas Blincoe

The English and Their History review a book of resounding importance to contemporary debates

Robert Tombss lucid, definitive and delightful history is a triumphThe English and Their History, by the Professor of French history at Cambridge, Robert Tombs, is a work of supreme intelligence. Intelligence cuts its way through orthodoxy, dogmas, tradit

Book review: In These Times, by Jenny Uglow

JENNY Uglow’s social history of Napoleonic Britain is a triumph of style and scholarship,
says Iain Gale.