Books & Lit

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

Different Every Time: the Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt by Marcus O'Dair, review: 'surprisingly cheerful'

In the Sixties, Robert Wyatt lived the fantasy of every teenager, but trouble followed the quixotic musician.

In the Thrall of an Electric Preacher

You can fall down a very deep rabbit hole just pondering the list of names to whom Stephen King dedicates “Revival,” his second skin-crawler published this year.

The Suicide Club - Andrew Williams

Set in occupied Belgium in 1917, this is the story of the dark and disturbing espionage story fought behind the lines. The Scotsman has called it a: "splendid novel". If you are a fan of Robert Harris, William Boyd and John le Carre then this book is

The American Lover by Rose Tremain, review: 'transporting'

Rose Tremain's carefully observed new collection of stories shows how human it is to get things wrong.

Manson: the Life and Times of Charles Manson, by Jeff Guinn, review

During the Summer of Love, Charles Manson and his followers were high on drugs, listening to the Beatles - and planning a killing spree, says Mick Brown.

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

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.

Book review: The Suicide Club, by Andrew Williams

FIRST and even second novels tell you little about whether a writer will develop and build a career. Sometimes they are written from personal experience and have exhausted it.