THE fall in question was a fatal one for the narrator's older brother.
Why so many good books fail to thrive and so many bad ones clog the bestseller lists is a mystery that's unlikely ever to be solved, even by Dan Brown.
A generation or so ago, Anthony Pagden's book would not have needed a sub-title.
Anthony Whitelands, a young, rather prim and bookish English art historian and expert on Velasquez, is approached by an art dealer of dodgy repute to value some paintings belonging to one of his clients in Madrid.
When Mo Yan was named winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature, it produced an outcry that was often more vituperative than informed.
Harry Kessler, author of the libretto to Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, lived a full life.
Louise Erdrich is one of those writers who has a big reputation in the US but who is yet to enjoy the same success on this side of the pond.
It is the right time, and the wrong time, for Maggie And Me, a memoir about Margaret Thatcher and small-town Scotland.