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Based on a True Story: A Writer’s Life by Anthony Holden review – those were the days…
The former Observer journalist recalls a star-studded era when advances were large and lunches were long

Alexander Larman

16, Jan, 2022 @11:00 AM

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In brief: 1922: Scenes from a Turbulent Year; The Retreat; Greenlights – reviews
A breakneck account of events a century past, a thriller set in an artists’ retreat, and actor Matthew McConaughey’s winning memoir

Alexander Larman

28, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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In brief: The Secret Royals; Learwife; D: A Tale of Two Worlds – review
A gripping history of the monarchy’s relationship with the security services, a startling reinvention of Shakespeare, and a rich Dickens-inspired fantasy

Alexander Larman

31, Oct, 2021 @5:00 PM

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In brief: Love & Deception: Philby in Beirut; The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings; Ghosts of the West – reviews
A fresh take on the Kim Philby saga, a chilling retelling of a medieval tale and the third of Alec Marsh’s colourful mysteries

Alexander Larman

03, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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In brief: Human Frontiers; Interviews With an Ape; Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time – review
Why we might have reached the peak of human progress, a gorilla has a lesson for us all and why work isn’t working

Alexander Larman

05, Sep, 2021 @3:00 PM

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In brief: Writing in the Dark; Dust Off the Bones; Looking for the Durrells – review
Gossip and glamour with the 1940s literati, the return of a magnificent villain and an enchanting trip to Corfu

Alexander Larman

09, Aug, 2021 @8:30 AM

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Blank Pages and Other Stories by Bernard MacLaverty review – thrilling and cathartic
This strikingly fresh new collection from a master of the genre addresses mortality head on

Alexander Larman

08, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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In brief: The Comfort Book; The Dictator’s Muse; Shadow State – review
Matt Haig’s self-help book will both inspire and irritate, Hitler’s favourite film-maker drives a fascinating novel, and Luke Harding exposes the Putin regime

Alexander Larman

11, Jul, 2021 @3:00 PM

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In brief: The Cure for Good Intentions; Widowland; The Moth and the Mountain – reviews
An eye-opening memoir of leaving journalism for medicine; a gripping counterfactual novel about 1950s Britain; and the moving story of a daring attempt to climb Everest

Alexander Larman

13, Jun, 2021 @3:00 PM

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New Yorkers by Craig Taylor review – the Big Apple cut to the core
The oral historian takes the winning formula of 2011’s Londoners over the Atlantic to reveal a city more fearful, but still full of dreamers

Alexander Larman

07, Jun, 2021 @9:30 AM

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In brief: The Wolf Den; In Love With Hell; Brixton Hill – reviews
A historical novel set in the Roman sex industry, a dark study of alcoholic writers and a thriller with a social conscience

Alexander Larman

16, May, 2021 @12:00 PM

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In brief: The World Before Us; Cunning Women; When Time Stopped – reviews
An accessible prehistory of humanity, a timely tale of 17th-century witch trials, and a gripping memoir of a family’s secret past

Alexander Larman

18, Apr, 2021 @2:00 PM

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