Comedy Rules: From the Cambridge Footlights to Yes, Prime Minister

By Simon Round, October 7, 2011

By Jonathan Lynn
Faber and Faber, £14.99

This book by Yes, Prime Minister co-author (and my uncle)Jonathan Lynn is as hard to pin down as is its author.


Bringing haters to a halt

By Nadia Valman, September 28, 2011

Battle for the East End
By David Rosenberg, Five Leaves, £9.99

Everything Happens in Cable Street
By Roger Mills, Five Leaves, £8.99

October Day
By Frank Griffin, Five Leaves, £8.99

Street of Tall People
By Alan Gibbons, Five Leaves, £4.99

Battle of Cable Street


Review: That Woman

By Jan Shure, September 28, 2011

By Anne Sebba
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20

With a recent Channel 4 documentary about Wallis Simpson, the American socialite and divorcee for whom Edward VIII gave up his throne, merely the latest example among a wealth of published and broadcast material, we are entitled to think we know all there is to know of the scandal that rocked the British monarchy.


Review: The Table Comes first

By Elisabeth Luard, September 22, 2011

By Adam Gopnik
Quercus, £18.99

Certain American literary lions, the foremost being the late MFK Fisher, have pushed the genre of food-writing beyond its usual confines and shed light on philosophical issues.


Review: The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 19, 2011

I do not envy the task of any editor who agrees to produce a one-volume "dictionary" of Anglo-Jewish history.


Review: Swimming Home

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

By Deborah Levy
And Other Stories £10

A family holiday is the setting for Swimming Home, Deborah Levy's musing on depression, loyalty and the impact a stranger can have.


Interview: Barbara Taylor Bradford

By Gerald Jacobs, September 15, 2011

Three pm at the Dorchester. Outside, the afternoon sun burns flesh and metal the length and breadth of Park Lane. Inside, secretive businessmen and earnest tourists nibble pastries and crust-free sandwiches.

Seated at a table in the centre of the room is a comfortably elegant, blonde woman.


Review: Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It

By Nick Cohen, September 12, 2011

By Howard Jacobson
Bloomsbury, £18.99

Readers who buy Howard Jacobson because the press tells them that he is "the first comic writer to win the Booker" are likely to be confused. Not disappointed - I cannot imagine anyone regretting reading him - but faintly baffled by the labels journalists paste on authors.


Review: A Line In The Sand

By Geoffrey Paul, September 12, 2011

By James Barr
Simon & Schuster, £25


Review: One Hundred Names For Love

By Madeleine Kingsley, September 5, 2011

By Diane Ackerman
W. W. Norton, £19.99

If ever a medical memoir wrested beauty from the bleak, One Hundred Names for Love, by Diane Ackerman, is it. At 74, Ackerman's husband, Paul West, suffered a calamitous stroke that laid waste to Broca and Wernicke's - vital speech centres of the brain.