The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Attend A Service Of Remembrance

1914 and all that

5 August 2014 15:49

Yesterday was a chance for people to remember relatives who died in the 1914-1918 conflict, often the only record of their existence being grainy old portraits from a grandmother’s mantelpiece… Continue reading

Post-war Vienna, an uncertain place brilliantly evoked by Elisabeth de Waal in The Exiles Return.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Exiles Return by Elisabeth de Waal – review

9 April 2013 10:00

The Exiles Return has been published as a beautiful Persephone Book, with smart dove-grey covers and a riotously colourful endpaper. Before this glorious incarnation, it existed for many years as… Continue reading

People light candles in front of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) to commemorate the bombing of Dresden, which was so vividly described by Victor Gregg in Rifleman. Gregg was a British prisoner being held in Dresden at the time of the bombings. (ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Rifleman by Victor Gregg is a book you ought to read

21 March 2013 10:00

I live in New York and until this month I had never heard of Victor Gregg, the World War II veteran whose 2011 memoir, Rifleman, was hailed as possibly the… Continue reading

Craig Raine's thesis is that fiction is franker than reminiscence; if you want to understand Salman Rushdie, read 'The Satanic Verses' rather than 'Joseph Anton'. Image: Getty

Craig Raine: Fiction is franker

20 February 2013 10:17

Issue 39 of Areté starts with the words “MEMOIR ISSUE” on the front cover. It is dedicated to writing which remembers its author. Hence we get essays on Proust; Art… Continue reading

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US soldiers carry a wounded comrade through a swampy area during action in Vietnam in 1969. NATIONAL ARCHIVES/AFP/GettyImages

War is not to be envied

11 February 2013 13:09

Donald Anderson is a former US Air Force Colonel and current professor of English Literature at the US Air Force Academy. His new book, Gathering Noise from my Life: A… Continue reading

Katherine Angel's 'Unmastered' is a singular exploration of female sexual desire. Image: Getty.

Unmastered: A book on desire, most difficult to tell (…or read)

26 September 2012 9:42

Among the new words which entered the English Dictionary last year was ‘overshare’, def: ‘to reveal an inappropriate amount of detail about one’s personal life’. If that detail pertains to… Continue reading

79th Annual Academy Award Nominees Luncheon

Peter O’Toole’s new beginning

11 July 2012 18:00

‘It is time for me to chuck in the sponge,’ said Peter O’Toole with characteristic singularity. The 79-year-old has announced his retirement from stage and screen, after a career that… Continue reading


There was more to Blair than a winning smile

20 November 2010 14:36

Following Sir Christopher Meyer’s review of George Bush’s Decision Points, here is the other half of the double act. The closest I’ve come to meeting Tony Blair was knocking into… Continue reading


Sir Christopher Meyer reviews George Bush’s memoirs

18 November 2010 13:18

Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to the United States, has reviewed George Bush’s biography for the latest issue of The Spectator. We’ve pasted his entire review below, for… Continue reading


Is Laws writing himself out of a return to government?

21 September 2010 9:02

A noteworthy snippet in Andrew Pierce’s column this morning: "[David Laws] is hard at work on a book. The title – 22 Days In May – is hardly likely to… Continue reading


Blair pulls out of book launch

6 September 2010 15:08

It is profoundly depressing that Tony Blair has had to pull out of his London book signing. Whatever you think of Blair, he is a man who led his party… Continue reading


"The worst-written memoir ever twittered by a serious politician"

2 September 2010 10:53

That’s how Bruce Anderson sums up Tony Blair’s book in a caustic piece for the magazine. Here’s the whole review for the benefit of CoffeeHousers: ‘It is bizarre. As he… Continue reading


Tony Blair, freelance statesman

1 September 2010 18:02

Say what you like about Blair, but he is something of a political entrepreneur. He detects a gap in the market and fills it: he did with New Labour in… Continue reading


Blair: the sex scenes

1 September 2010 12:43

Not just a Prime Minister, not just a global statesman, in A Journey Tony Blair also demonstrates he knows how to treat a girl: CHERIE: "I DEVOURED HER LOVE" "…that… Continue reading


The Mirror backs ‘The Special One’

1 September 2010 12:00

The ballot has opened and the Mirror has joined the mounting chorus in favour of David Miliband. They say of Miliband: ‘We believe he has the intellect, talent and experience… Continue reading


Labour holds its breath for the Dark Lord’s memoir

7 July 2010 10:17

Peter Mandelson’s memoirs are out in just over a week. Despite being one of the last off the stage, Mandelson has beaten his colleagues to the first full account of… Continue reading