• 7 March 2015

    It's tricky writing about art.

  • 7 March 2015

    This very entertaining portrait of Britain exactly 200 years ago is made especially enjoyable by the author's persistent penchant for picking out entertaining and unlikely detail.

  • 7 March 2015

    This is the third of Dublin-born Sebastian Barry's novels to draw on the saga of the McNulty family, this time focusing on brother Jack.

  • 7 March 2015

    This fascinating book traces the evolution of the newspaper from roughly 1400 to 1800, taking us from a time when current affairs were the preserve of a powerful elite maintaining an expensive network of messengers to the point when news had become an established commercial commodity.

  • 7 March 2015

    The great artist Lucian Freud refused to be interviewed, hated being photographed and quashed all attempts at biographies (with assistance, on one occasion, from East End gangsters).

  • 7 March 2015

    Her tone is still masterfully sardonic, but, in the 16 years since her last collection of short stories, Lorrie Moore has reached an age at which she can convincingly write about disillusionment.

  • 7 March 2015

    In the year 1267, young Franciscan John the Pupil is tasked by his master, the fearsomely clever polymath Roger Bacon, to carry Bacon's newly-completed book all the way from Oxford to Viterbo, where the Papal Court currently resides, and present it to the Pope.

  • 5 March 2015

    The Swedish-born author of Island Of Wings, a memorable debut about a newlywed minister and his wife on St Kilda in the 1830s, has followed that up with even more involving novel, set on present-day Dartmoor and looking back through a life heavily burdened with guilt.