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Bella Bathurst

Boxer Handsome by Anna Whitwham - review

An accomplished debut set in the complex world of boys' boxing offers up memorable characters and pitch-perfect observation Bobby is a boxer. He's half Jewish, half Irish and as London as the river. His dad, Joe - dapper and alcoholic - boxed before him.

The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj by Anne de Courcy - review

Anne de Courcy's account of women travelling to India to marry provides a fascinating window on the British Raj For a middle-class Victorian family overburdened with daughters, the colonies were a godsend. Out there in India, a mere six months away by bo

Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham, review

Bella Bathurst applauds Patrick Barkham's affectionate and timely portrait of a most elusive creature.

Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson - review

Exotic, magnificent and just a little bit sinister, it is the Hungarian characters who take over this beautifully written novel Unlike the English, Hungarians have no capacity for embarrassment, boundless interest in other people, and a belief that most

Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seduction by Tracy Borman - review

Along with shooting and fishing, witch‑hunting has often been a popular rural sport. James I, credulous and obsessed with the need to assert himself over his new English subjects, had a particular fondness for demonising women.

Sane New World: Taming the Mind by Ruby Wax - review

Ruby Wax's examination of depression is at times insightful and at others exhausting Ruby Wax was the one who ran around shouting on TV a while back, extracting knicker-drawer secrets from celebrities. She was good at it too, even though the shows were a

The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare; Feral by George Monbiot - review

Philip Hoare and George Monbiot have a plan. What Britain's missing, says Hoare, is the sea.

The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare; Feral by George Monbiot - review

Philip Hoare and George Monbiot have a plan. What Britain's missing, says Hoare, is the sea.

Capturing the Light by Roger Watson & Helen Rappaport: review

Bella Bathurst thrills to Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport's 'Capturing the Light'

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson - review

Suzanne Joinson's tale of two female travellers radiates a brave and terrible loneliness When bicycles first became mass-market objects back in the 1890s, they changed the world. Not, oddly enough, for the middle-class men who had invented and popularise