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Authorisms: Words Wrought By Writers review 'a fascinating history of neologisms'

Paul Dickson reveals how funny and random the creation of language can be The lexicographer Paul Dickson is a connoisseur of what he calls "word words" and a compiler of "book books". Both tautologies known in the puffed-up jargon of linguistics as "co

The Baby Boom review PJ O'Rourke mounts a less than convincing defence of the blessed generation

The caustic US humorist's jovial assessment of the generation that 'had it all' only highlights its dubious legacy.

David Bowie is - review

" David Bowie is ": the title is an unfinished sentence, which gives the verb a subject but no object, and it suggests that Bowie is everything and perhaps nothing, a whirligig of dressed-up personae, not a person. To begin with, he isn't even David Bowie

George Bellows: Modern American Life - review

American painting began with the contemplation of virgin nature: the forested clefts of the Hudson valley, the radiant, skyscraping heights of the Rocky mountains. But by the end of the 19th century this idyll had been spoiled by fuming, stewing industria

The Silence of Animals by John Gray - review

John Gray's latest work finds him unimpressed as ever with the ascent of man "The more I see of men," said Mme de Sta

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne - review

A history of Jane Austen in everyday objects paints a vivid picture of her life and times Jane Austen may be too likable or lovable for her own good. Pride and Prejudice , which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, was recently elected the nation