Books

The second-hand book trade has lost much of its romance and charm, not to mention eccentric establishments and their owners

Down with the gratitude-bloat of authors’ endless lists of acknowledgements

The most enduring historical work reveals eternal truths about the human condition

The enduring popularity of fantasy and horror fiction proves that we still live in the long, dark shadow of the Gothic novel

Serious Money tracks the excesses and indulgences of those with wealth to burn

A thrilling story of machismo, mutiny and madness in the Pacific

The choices show a lack of levity, imagination and courage

What happened to robust — and, yes, rude — literary criticism?

Stephen May’s new novel is a triumph of historical fiction