Review – Evelyn Waugh: A Biography by Selina Hastings

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

Keeping his gin, not his chin, up: Evelyn Waugh finds in Selina Hastings a biographer of maternal sympathy and great acuity . . .

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Review – The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

Psycho dinners: John Banville relishes the murderous gastronomy of a ‘dauntingly good’ first novel . . .

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Review – Nobody’s Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker by Anthony Lane

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

 

Nobody’s Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker by Anthony Lane 400pp, Picador

The way they were: John Banville is enchanted by Anthony Lane’s collection of film reviews, Nobody’s Perfect . . .

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Review – The Last Magician: Isaac Newton by James Gleick

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

Isaac Newton by James Gleick 288pp, Fourth Estate

The magus: John Banville applauds a biography of Isaac Newton that doesn’t neglect his study of alchemy . . .

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Review – The Road to Delphi: The Life and Afterlife of Oracles by Michael Wood

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

The Road to Delphi: The Life and Afterlife of Oracles by Michael Wood 292pp, Chatto

Delphi bound: John Banville searches after knowledge in The Road to Delphi, Michael Wood’s study of oracles past and present . . .

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Review – The Fly in the Cathedral: How a Small Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the Race to Split the Atom by Brian Cathcart

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

The Fly in the Cathedral: How a Small Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the Race to Split the Atom by Brian Cathcart 288pp, Viking,

Gnat for turning: John Banville applauds The Fly in the Cathedral, Brian Cathcart’s tribute to the scientists who split the atom but insisted on leaving work at six . . .

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Review – Hollywood Animal by Joe Eszterhas

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

King of the jungle: John Banville warms to Joe Eszterhas, screenwriter extraordinaire and a true Hollywood Animal . . .

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Review – The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, translated by Michael Henry Heim

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, translated by Michael Henry Heim 314pp, Faber

Light but sound: Twenty years on, John Banville returns to the Czech Republic’s most famous fictional export, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera . . .

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Review – A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967 by Rachel Cohen

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists, 1854-1967 by Rachel Cohen 388pp, Cape

Brief encounters: John Banville is charmed by Rachel Cohen’s study of American artistic friendships, A Chance Meeting . . .

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Review – Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions by John Gray

Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by admin

Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions by John Gray 200pp, Granta,

Beyond dentistry: John Gray highlights faith in progress as the fundamental error of our age in his collection of essays, Heresies, says John Banville . . .

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