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  1. June 22, 2014

    27, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Missouri – review

    Twenty-seven Rue de Fleurus was the address of the Parisian home of Gertrude Stein, the protagonist of Opera Theatre of...

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    October 10, 2013

    Why Alice Munro deserves her Nobel Prize

    Using a column chart to greet Alice Munro’s Nobel prize for literature is about as ludicrous as making a celebratory scatter...

  1. August 2, 2013

    Write drunk, edit sober

    The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink, by Olivia Laing, Canongate, RRP£20, 284 pages “A man that drinks,” wrote...

  2. July 5, 2013

    The List: swimming pool novels

    It’s only a few weeks now before many of us will decamp to sit on the beach or beside a pool and immerse ourselves in the...

  3. June 14, 2013

    Unheard melodies

    Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of ‘The Great Gatsby’, by Sarah Churchwell, Virago, RRP£16.99, 448 pages...

  4. May 11, 2012

    Hollywood’s cutting edge

    Movie moguls are not the only ones focused on Cannes, the world’s most glamorous film festival. Hair stylists are turning to...

  5. April 5, 2012

    Judging a book by its cover

    “Modern first editions” is a recognised book collectors’ genre, but any investor looking to assess the performance of these...

  6. March 9, 2012

    Some like it haute: radishes in Paris

    I have always had an enduring affection for radishes. It all started when I was a child. Thanks to Don Dino, the former...

  7. February 20, 2012

    Blood Knot, Signature Center, New York

    Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot received only one performance at its world premiere in Johannesburg in 1961. It has since become a...

  8. February 10, 2012

    Roman rehab

    Me and You, by Niccolò Ammaniti, translated by Kylee Doust, Canongate, RRP£10, 160 pages Niccolò Ammaniti’s affecting...

  9. October 21, 2011

    What history and brokers tell us about the ad racket

    Advertising, wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, is “a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business”. Investors may share his...

  10. September 17, 2011

    Small talk: Stef Penney

    Stef Penney was born in 1969 in Edinburgh and grew up in the city. She studied philosophy and theology at Bristol...

  11. June 24, 2011

    Postcard from ... the Côte d’Azur

    Moments of perfect contentment may be rare, but lying on a bobbing sunbathing pontoon off Cap d’Antibes, having swum out...

  12. June 3, 2011

    Kitbag: camping

    Gelert solar shower Shower al fresco or queue for the communal shower. The choice is yours. £8.49, www.campingworld.co.uk...

  13. May 13, 2011

    From Breton to Cannes

    Margaret Howell When it comes to Cannes, there are sartorial certainties as absolute as death and taxes: that leopard woman...

  14. August 21, 2010

    ‘Great wet barnyard’ on the north shore

    From Ms Alice Bray. Sir, The fictional home of Daisy Buchanan was in East Egg and Jay Gatsby’s in West Egg (“Gatsby’s...

  15. October 28, 2009

    The leader who falls will emerge stronger

    F Scott Fitzgerald said: "There are no second acts in American lives." An awful lot of entrepreneurs, investors and...

  16. October 27, 2009

    The leader who falls will emerge stronger

    F Scott Fitzgerald said: “There are no second acts in American lives.” An awful lot of entrepreneurs, investors and...

  17. March 14, 2009

    Onshoring taxes

    The very rich, as F. Scott Fitzgerald unstartlingly observed, "are different from you and me". For a start, they will...

  18. March 13, 2009

    Onshoring taxes

    The very rich, as F. Scott Fitzgerald unstartlingly observed, “are different from you and me”. For a start, they will always...

  19. March 7, 2009

    Small Talk

    When a writer can blend al-Qaeda, a Yemeni sheik and Andrew Marr into successful satire using a salmon metaphor you know...

  20. March 7, 2009

    Small Talk: Paul Torday

    When a writer can blend al-Qaeda, a Yemeni sheik and Andrew Marr into successful satire using a salmon metaphor you know...

  21. February 14, 2009

    My bloody Valentine's day

    Out with my husband the other evening on one of those "date nights" that women's magazines are always pushing to keep a...

  22. February 14, 2009

    My bloody Valentine’s day

    Out with my husband the other evening on one of those “date nights” that women’s magazines are always pushing to keep a...

  23. February 5, 2009

    History hits the rewind button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the longest striptease in film history. Like strip-show spectators, who know what...

  24. February 4, 2009

    History hits the rewind button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher) Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen) Doubt (John Patrick Shanley) Bolt...

  25. January 26, 2009

    Yes we can: can he?

    Dear Book Doctor,Obama’s election was the most exciting thing to happen in years. Can he live up to his promise now he’s in...

  26. January 24, 2009

    Yes we can: can he?

    Dear Book Doctor, Obama's election was the most exciting thing to happen for years. Can he live up to his promise now he's...

  27. January 19, 2009

    The Last Bachelor

    The Last Bachelor By Jay McInerney Bloomsbury £12.99, 224 pages FT Bookshop price: £10.39 Over the past 80 years, certain...

  28. January 17, 2009

    Bright lights, big pity

    Over the past 80 years, certain events in western history have left such an impact on the collective memory that they have...

  29. September 27, 2008

    End of laisser faire?

    England, commented John Stuart Mill, the father of British liberalism, "is the ballast of Europe, France is its sail." If...

  30. September 26, 2008

    End of laisser faire?

    England, commented John Stuart Mill, the father of British liberalism, “is the ballast of Europe, France is its sail.” If...

  31. August 2, 2008

    No mercy for the merely rich

    The very rich are different from you and me," F Scott Fitzgerald is reported to have said in conversation with Ernest...

  32. August 2, 2008

    No mercy for the merely rich

    “The very rich are different from you and me,” F Scott Fitzgerald is reported to have said in conversation with Ernest...

  33. June 9, 2008

    Small Talk: Andrew O’Hagan

    While researching his latest book, Andrew O’Hagan crossed New Orleans with a couple of gun-toting TV repairmen, went begging...

  34. June 7, 2008

    Small Talk - Andrew O'Hagan

    While researching his latest book, Andrew O'Hagan crossed New Orleans with a couple of gun-toting TV repairmen, went...

  35. June 7, 2008

    The old question

    Dear Book Doctor, My daughter is 25, has been seeing her boyfriend for three years, and is talking about marriage. I think...

  36. May 31, 2008

    From Wife of Bath to ex-wife of New York, by John Sutherland

    My local Waterstone's bookshop is flummoxed about where to shelve Eat, Pray, Love . It could, of course, go in "Biography"...

  37. May 17, 2008

    I have a dream

    Dear Book Doctor, Many years ago I dreamed of running a pub. I now work in the city and my job is enjoyable, though...

  38. April 26, 2008

    American heiress who found her heavyweight Gatsby

    If she had been completely true to her blue-blood ancestry as an heiress to the Andrew Carnegie fortune, Mary Josephine...

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