Books 19 December 2014

The Dog, Dubai and Eastern fantasies

Joseph O’Neill’s new novel starts off well, but quickly descends into Orientalism.

16 August 2013

Delivering ante-
natal anxiety

In The Business of Baby, Jennifer Margulis tries to fight institutionalised fearmongering with scare stories of her own.

Books 25 January 2013

The world according to Jacques Chirac

In his autobiography, the former French president spins a romantic but hole-ridden tale designed to depict himself as Super Statesman.

Books 11 January 2013

The world according to Jacques Chirac

In his autobiography, the former French president spins a romantic but hole-ridden tale designed to depict himself as Super Statesman.

Books 26 October 2012

Rushdie’s life was surely more interesting than this?

In his new fatwa memoir, literature’s one-time enfant terrible somehow manages to make a life lived in fear of death sound terribly dull.

Books 5 October 2012

Rushdie’s life was surely more interesting than this?

In his new fatwa memoir, literature’s one-time enfant terrible somehow manages to make a life lived in fear of death sound terribly dull.

28 February 2012

It’s not all about
human-rights abuses

China possesses one of the world’s hottest, most vibrant art scenes – if only Westerners could see it.

15 February 2011

Ashton’s shallow view of ‘deep democracy’

A member of the UN press corps reports on the EU foreign minister’s undemocratic plans for North Africa.