Ian Thomson began to contribute to the Telegraph and its sister paper the Sunday Telegraph in the late 1980s. The Telegraph was founded in 1855 and has a close association with the Spectator. Here is a selection of recent reviews and articles:

The Fairy King

Ian Thomson remembers the Italian novelist Italo Calvino, whose fiction was deeply rooted in reality.

12 September 2015


Everything is Happening by Michael Jacobs

Ian Thomson reviews an unfinished book about Velazquez’s finest work.

15 July 2015


Ian Thomson: interview with Roberto Saviano

Cocaine and the Mafia.

4 Jul 2015


When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen

Ian Thomson reviews a superb new novel on WW2 in the Baltic.

10 May 2015


Ray Davies: a Complicated Life by Johnny Rogan

Ian Thomson on the twists and turns of the Kinks frontman Ray Davies, from Muswell Hillbilly to national treasure.

21 March 2015


Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer by Ann Morgan

6 Feb 2015


Bolaño: a Biography in Conversations by Mónica Maristain …

2 Dec 2014

Roberto Bolano died aged 50 while waiting for a liver transplant in Spain


Did Pasolini predict his own murder?

11 Oct 2014

Early in the morning of November 2 1975, in Idroscalo, a shanty town outside Rome, the 53-year-old Italian film-maker and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini …


Haiti returns to the tourist map

27 July 2014

Change cannot come too soon for Haiti; I can’t wait to go back. …


House of Ashes by Monique Roffey, review: ‘knuckle-whitening’

22 July 2014

In 1970, Trinidad was convulsed by Black Power activists who hoped that Africa and African culture would provide an antidote to the …


The Haunted Life and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac, review

19 Mar 2014

Jack Kerouac, an alcoholic malcontent, put the Beat generation on the map with his 1957 novel On the Road. …


Otto Dov Kulka: The most powerful writer on Auschwitz since Primo Levi

27 Feb 2014

In 2011, impressed by some diary fragments Kulka had showed him, the British historian Ian Kershaw encouraged the academic to send a draft manuscript to Penguin in London …


The Private Life, by Josh Cohen, review

18 Nov 2013

Increasingly, cyberspace is where we are judged by others and, on occasion, even destroyed. If this sounds exaggerated, consider how a stranger …


In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge, review

28 Jun 2013

Communist East Germany was a melancholy, out-at-elbow place. The inhabitants looked cowed and harried; in East Berlin no one dallied outside …


The Last Man in Russia and the Struggle to Save a Dying Nation by Oliver Bullough: review

15 Apr 2013

The illusion of drink-fuelled happiness is familiar to most, even if the hangover seems a cruel price to pay. You could say that alcoholism is …


The British Dream by David Goodhart: review

09 Apr 2013

Britain has a long and noble tradition of sheltering casualties in a totalitarian age. My mother, a Balt whose family was persecuted by Hitler …


Calcutta by Amit Chaudhuri: review

27 Feb 2013

In the Western imagination, Calcutta (or Kolkata) is a city shadowed by poverty and urban wretchedness. Mother Teresa made tending to the poor …


Hiking in the Italian Alps

11 Feb 2013

Article …


The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam: review

08 Feb 2013

Nadeem Aslam’s harrowing fourth novel unfolds in a fictional town in Pakistan in the aftermath of 9/11. In pages of fine-crafted prose, Aslam …


The Robber of Memories by Michael Jacobs: review

26 Nov 2012

Wonderful memoir by the late Michael Jacobs …