Review: Fierce Attachments

By Madeleine Kingsley, October 8, 2015

By Vivian Gornik
Daunt Books, £9.99

From Upper Broadway to Fifth Avenue, 23rd Street to the downtown delis and discount stores of Delancey Street, Vivian Gornick and her mother stroll through Manhattan, battling more than they bond.

Indeed, the argumentative acid in Gornick's Fierce Attachments seems strong enough to burn the sidewalks as Gornick mère et fille pass by.


Sir Alex, me and leadership

By Grant Feller, October 1, 2015

Sir Michael Moritz is fiddling with his knitted tie, eyes nervously darting this way and that. Contemplating my first question about the effects of his parents being refugees from the Nazis building a new life in Cardiff, he tightens his lips, leans back, crossing and re-crossing his legs, easing the bottoms of his feet out of his well-worn slip-ons so that they swing on his arched toes.


Review: The House by the Lake

By Oliver Kamm, October 1, 2015

By Thomas Harding
William Heinemann, £20

It would be hard to write an original and moving account of the tortured 20th-century history of Germany. But, in The House by the Lake, Thomas Harding succeeds remarkably. His narrative device is a small, wooden house in a village called Gross Glienicke.


Peggy and Pevsner: sex and sensibility

By Monica Bohm-Duchen, October 1, 2015

Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern
By Francine Prose
Yale University Press, £16.99

Pevsner: The BBC Years
By Stephen Games
Ashgate, £85

One of the less familiar delights of a trip to Venice is a visit to the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, home to Peggy Guggenheim's magnificent collection of early 20th-century art.


Moving and then muddled

By Michael Freedland, October 1, 2015

The Gratitude Cradle by Rhona Barnett Beck
Wilton 65

I so wanted to enjoy The Gratitude Cradle by Rhona Barnett Beck - who since its publication has now sadly died - the tale of a Holocaust survivor at the centre of a family saga.


The painful truth about survival

By Emma Hartley, September 29, 2015

All I can do for my family who were lost is to say, I am with you in spirit. I take on myself, as much as I can bear, the terrible despair, suffering, heartbreak and pain that was visited on you. Although it is only a feeble gesture, I stand with you at the moment of death, and create a living link with you. That’s all I can do.”


Funny but overwhelming: Jesse Eisenberg turns from screen to page

By Anne Garvey, September 24, 2015

Bream Gives Me Hiccups By Jesse Eisenberg
Grove Press, £14.99


Translation of a Nobel winner

By David Herman, September 24, 2015


By Patrick Modiano
(trans: Mark Polizzotti)

Maclehose Press, £14.99

So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighbourhood

By Patrick Modiano (trans: Euan Cameron)
Maclehose Press, £14.99


Anthony Horowitz: How James Bond has unsettled my life

By John Nathan, September 17, 2015

You find me at a slightly odd time," says Anthony Horowitz, somewhat apologetically. It is the end of the interview and the author of the latest Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, the Alex Rider novels, two recent Sherlock Holmes novels, ITV's Foyle's War and New Blood, a forthcoming BBC 1 spy series, has had a rough week. "A week ago, you would have got a much better interview," says Horowitz.


Review: The Hotel Years

By Stoddard Martin, September 17, 2015

By Joseph Roth
Granta, £16.99

Late in his short life Joseph Roth deliberately spoiled a pair of trousers which his better-off Viennese fellow-writer Stefan Zweig had bought for him. Loth to accept charity, he died an alcoholic early in 1939.