SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
book review
October 07, 2021
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout Viking Penguin, £14.99, 256 pages ________ The best-known and certainly the most dramatic novel about a former spouse is probably Rebecca. Not every story about an ex features murder, infidelity, madness and arson (much as we may wish it to). Nonetheless, exes engender lasting feelings, irritation, resentment and occasional bursts
October 02, 2021
Matrix by Lauren Groff  William Heinemann, £16.99, 272 pages __________ The 12th-century poet we know as Marie de France was, scholars argue, the greatest writer of short fiction before Boccaccio and Chaucer. Her lais – tantalisingly short romances written in octosyllabic couplets – are thought to rival the best that those great men had to
September 02, 2021
Jack Miles reviews Francesca Stavrakopoulou's new book 'God: An Anatomy'
September 02, 2021
David Lough reviews Geoffrey Wheatcroft's new book 'Churchill’s Shadow: An Astonishing Life and a Dangerous Legacy'
September 02, 2021
Harry Mount reviews Charlotte Higgins's new book, 'Greek Myths: A New Retelling' for the September '21 issue of the Catholic Herald
August 28, 2021
Alison Weir reviews Sarah Gristwood's new exploration of courtly love in the Tudor age: "The Tudors in Love: The Courtly Code Behind the Last Medieval Dynasty"
August 27, 2021
The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland Crawford Gribben Oxford University Press, £25, 352 pages _________ There is a growing literature about the demise of Irish Christianity. The latest comes from Crawford Gribben of Queen’s University, Belfast. It is called, simply, The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland and it is a broad, sweeping, readable
August 27, 2021
Greek Myths: A New Retelling Charlotte Higgins Jonathan Cape, £20, 336 pages ________ In Ancient Greek, mythos simply meant a traditional story – and, to modern Greeks, a Mythos means the best beer in the country. The Greek myths, then, are really the best stories ever told – and some of the earliest. As Virginia
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