Review: Love, or Nearest Offer

By Sarah Ebner, May 27, 2016

By Adèle Geras
Quercus, £19.99

Adèle Geras is the author of many stories for children as well as five adult novels.


The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers

By Colin Shindler, May 20, 2016

By Richard J. Aldrich and Rory Cormac
ollins, £30

British prime ministers have never been neutral towards the intelligence services. Intelligence historians Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac have written an accessible book, indicating how different premiers reacted to intelligence reports - and often bypassed their own officials, establishing their own private operations.


Rosalind: Shakespeare's Immortal heroine

By Jane Liddell-King, May 20, 2016

By Angela Thirlwell
Oberon Books, £16.99

Few authors simultaneously capture the zeitgeist of the moment and confront the universal wish for immortality. But, taking a fictional character - Shakespeare's "mercurial, mischievous" heroine, Rosalind - as her beguiling subject, Angela Thirlwell, in her latest biography, achieves this.


Raw, crude, moving - So Sad Today, by Melissa Broder

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2016

A collection of essays by the American Jewish poet Melissa Broder, delving into her lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression - So Sad Today (Scribe, £12.99) - is at times hard to stomach. She writes graphically about her sex life and fantasies - in one essay, revealing a string of breathtakingly explicit "sexts" - and seems to delight in unsettling her readers.


Children's books: Screen teens

By Angela Kiverstein, May 13, 2016

Emails, texts, diary entries and blog posts combine to tell the story of Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson (Chronicle Books, £11.99). Gena and Finn are (female) fans of the TV programme Up Below - Gena posts fanfic and Finn illustrates (sadly we do not see her drawings - graphic sections would have added to the bold narrative mix).


Review: The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir

By Anne Sebba, May 13, 2016

By Betsy Lerner
Macmillan, £18.99


In the thick of the fight

May 6, 2016

PumpkinflowersBy Matti Friedman
Biteback Publishing, £12.99
Reviewed by Ahron Bregman


Guide to a male man

By Simon Round, May 6, 2016

For all the many books written in the past 40 years about what it means to be a woman, there have been comparatively few about the nature of masculinity. Some might even feel that a studied contemplation of what it means to be a man is itself unmanly.


Unsuccessful search for Hitler's humanity

May 6, 2016

Hitler: Volume 1:Ascent 1889-1939
By Volker Ullrich
Bodley Head, £25
Reviewed by Ben Barkow