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Ian Thomson has written for the Evening Standard since 1987. Here is a selection of recent reviews:

A master of the slow burn

Thursday 07 August 2014

Haruki Murakami’s latest novel goes to the heart of questions about human solitude and yearning to connect


Hensher leads us a very merry dance

Thursday 10 July 2014

Philip Hensher dilates entertainingly on the heady rush of poppers, Weimar Republic anti-Semitism and Dennis Nilsen


A lost boy from Leningrad pinpoints the immigrant’s plight abroad

Thursday 27 February 2014

Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart


So much more than a witness

Thursday 16 January 2014

Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life by Berel Lang


A spoof in the best tradition of spying

Thursday 12 September 2013

Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe

Blasted love lives and a family adrift in bedlam

Thursday 09 May 2013

Constance by Patrick McGrath


A great and mysterious writer celebrates his influences

Thursday 25 April 2013

This slender collection of essays, first published in German in 1998, celebrates six figures who have influenced Sebald as a writer. He writes as ever in his trademark allusive prose of the melancholy of cultural displacement and yearning for home – yet the essays do not always translate agreeably into English, thinks Ian Thomson

Ryszard Kapuscinski: A Life

Thursday 30 August 2012

Ryszard Kapuscinski: A Life by Artur Domoslawksi trans Antonia Lloyd-Jones


Shrapnel, by William Wharton – review

Thursday 09 August 2012

Shrapnel, Wharton’s posthumously published war memoir, divulges a horrific episode from the past. In unsparing detail, Wharton describes a massacre of German prisoners that took place under his command in France at the war’s end.


A land of virtues and misdeeds

Thursday 28 June 2012

Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future by Bill Emmott


Scribe of Sixties London

Thursday 15 March 2012

Rub Out the Words: The Letters of William  S Burroughs 1959-1974 edited by Bill Morgan


Dante In Love reminds us why Dante remains the patriarch of modern letters

Thursday 02 June 2011

Dante in Love by A.N. Wilson


True courage is battling boredom in Peoria

Thursday 21 April 2011

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Red Heat and the cold war

Thursday 31 March 2011

Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder and the Cold War in the Caribbean by Alex von Tunzelmann


What it is to be Italian today

Thursday 24 February 2011

The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples by David Gilmour


A grim journey to Russia’s dark side in Three Stations

Thursday 03 February 2011

Arkady Renko, the ace Moscow detective, made his debut in the 1981 crime bestseller Gorky Park.  


A sympathetic eye on London’s underclass

Thursday 02 December 2010

London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew edited by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst


And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by William S …

Ian Thomson. Published: 05 January 2009. The beat writers and artists of 1950s America let out a breathy “yeah” for bebop and Jackson Pollock. They were  …


Delving deep into unstable waters – Evening Standard

Ian Thomson. Published: 06 June 2013. The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare. Not long ago I was relaxing with my children on a beach in  …


Lighting Italy’s dark side – Evening Standard

13 Jan 2003 – In his superb appraisal of Berlusconi’s Italy, Tobias Jones … Italians remain a vital and wonderful people, whatever their leader, and The Dark Heart of Italy… Ian Thomson’s biography of Primo Levi is published by Hutchinson.


Death and the dictator – Showbiz – London Evening Standard

Ian Thomson. Published: 08 April 2002. Mario Vargas Llosa’s marvellous new novel,The Feast of the Goat, is set in the Dominican Republic during the infamous  …

Fighting for Italy, not for Mussolini – Evening Standard

13 May 2002 – Ian Thomson … Amedeo’s old-fashioned liberal spirit flinched at the outrage. Sebastian O’Kelly’s true story of love and death in Abyssinia,  …

Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town by Mary Beard – Home …

Ian Thomson. Published: 26 September 2008. Two thousand years ago, in 79 AD, Pompeii was buried under seven metres of volcanic debris when Vesuvius  …

The publisher who blew himself up – Evening Standard

13 Nov 2001 – Ian Thomson … Thirty years on, the tycoon’s son Carlo Feltrinelli has written a marvellous biography of his father. … Senior Service (incidentally this was Feltrinelli’s favourite cigarette brand) is a transfixingly readable amalgam  …

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