Ian Thomson has written for the Evening Standard since 1987. In 2009 the London newspaper ended a 180-year history of paid circulation and became free. Here is a selection of recent reviews:
10 September 2015
Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio by Misha Glenny
23 July 2015
Zero Zero Zero by Roberto Saviano
28 May 2015
The Ginger Line: A Day’s Walk Round the London Overground by Iain Sinclair
26 March 2015
Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London by Matthew Beaumont
Thursday 07 August 2014
Haruki Murakami’s latest novel goes to the heart of questions about human solitude and yearning to connect
Thursday 10 July 2014
Philip Hensher dilates entertainingly on the heady rush of poppers, Weimar Republic anti-Semitism and Dennis Nilsen
Thursday 27 February 2014
Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart
Thursday 16 January 2014
Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life by Berel Lang
Thursday 12 September 2013
Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe
Thursday 09 May 2013
Constance by Patrick McGrath
Thursday 25 April 2013
W.G.Sebald’s essays. 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
Thursday 30 August 2012
Ryszard Kapuscinski: A Life by Artur Domoslawksi trans Antonia Lloyd-Jones
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.
Thursday 28 June 2012
Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future by Bill Emmott
Thursday 15 March 2012
Rub Out the Words: The Letters of William S Burroughs 1959-1974 edited by Bill Morgan
Thursday 02 June 2011
Dante in Love by A.N. Wilson
Thursday 21 April 2011
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
Thursday 31 March 2011
Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder and the Cold War in the Caribbean by Alex von Tunzelmann
Thursday 24 February 2011
The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples by David Gilmour
Thursday 03 February 2011
Arkady Renko, the ace Moscow detective, made his debut in the 1981 crime bestseller Gorky Park.
Thursday 02 December 2010
London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew edited by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
05 January 2009.
The beat writers and artists of 1950s America let out a breathy “yeah” for bebop and Jackson Pollock.
06 June 2013.
The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare.
13 Jan 2003
Tobias Jones’s superb appraisal of Berlusconi’s Italy, The Dark Heart of Italy
08 April 2002.
Mario Vargas Llosa’s marvellous new novel,The Feast of the Goat, is set in the Dominican Republic during the infamous Trujillo regime.
13 May 2002
Sebastian O’Kelly’s biography of an Italian combatant in Abyssinia.
26 September 2008.
Two thousand years ago, in 79 AD, Pompeii was buried under seven metres of volcanic debris when Vesuvius erupted.
13 Nov 2001
Carlo Feltrinelli’s marvellous biography of his father Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Senior Service.