This is an eloquent book that describes the architecture, culture, topography, and social life of a vibrant city

Carey is the tour guide of a magnificent villa telling of the wonders that lie beyond a closed door

This is not a journey you will find in most accounts of the twentieth century

Dispiriting as it may be, great authors are capable of writing bad books

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s many passions included a view of Empire that would today be regarded as racist

Give up writing, men – the world will be a happier place when you do

The first episode of The Critic Books Podcast: in conversation with J. R. Thorp.

Gatsby aside, F. Scott Fitzgerald — the Jazz-Age chronicler — is dispensable

Although Hermione rarely names names or dishes dirt with quite the enthusiasm that her mother did, then she too has her tales to tell

When poetry is sold as nothing more inspiring than literary politics, is it any surprise the poetry shelves in Waterstones are so dusty?