Financial Times

March 15, 2008

Foreskin’s Lament

…s Lament, a tragi-comic masterpiece, should be read by believers of every stripe; it is almost unbearably funny. Review by Ian Thomson


February 9, 2008

Son of the empire

…Miracles of Life, a subtle, restlessly enquiring work of touching humanity, is Ballard’s crowning achievement. By Ian Thomson


November 24, 2007

When the flag came down

…explores the end of empire and its complex legacy. By Ian Thomson The Decline and Fall of the British Empire: 1781-1997…and the 19th, under Queen Victoria, the British.


October 6, 2007

Arthur Conan Doyle

…post-Somme Britain. But please note: Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson”, P.G. Wodehouse did. Review by Ian Thomson


April 29, 2006

My father’s last holiday

…arriving at Heathrow on time at 9.30pm. He passed swiftly through immigration and was cremated the following week. By Ian Thomson


BYMay 16, 2011

Death in Florence

…Martines), Strathern combines diligent archival research with an exemplary narrative verve, and keeps the pages turning. Review by Ian Thomson


March 26, 2011

Is Just a Movie

…and folly. A piquant if uneven work, Is Just a Movie confirms Lovelace as a master storyteller of the West Indies. Review by Ian Thomson