Financial Times

September 13, 2013

Evil on the run

Rudolf Hoss was hanged by the Allies at Auschwitz. He is a warning to us all of the dangers of blind adherence to ideology. Review by Ian Thomson


August 30, 2013

Unspectacular vernacular

Clive James’s unfortunate new translation of Dante. Review by Ian Thomson


The Franz Kafka chronicles

Kafka: The Years of Insight, by Reiner Stach, translated by Shelley Frisch. By Ian Thomson


May 24, 2013

Tennis and termites

Here and Now: Letters 2008-2011, by Paul Auster and JM Coetzee. Review by Ian Thomson


December 27, 2013

Roth Unbound, by Claudia Roth Pierpoint

Biography of Philip Roth. Review by Ian Thomson


December 13, 2013

Stories II: The Collected Stories of T Coraghessan Boyle, Volume II, by TC Boyle

Stories II: The Collected Stories of T Coraghessan Boyle, Volume II, by TC Boyle. Review by Ian Thomson


May 23, 2014

‘Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War’, by Jerry White

Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War, by Jerry White. Review by Ian Thomson


April 25, 2014

‘The Trigger’, by Tim Butcher

The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin who Brought the World to War, by Tim Butcher. Review by Ian Thomson


April 4, 2014

‘Echo’s Bones’, by Samuel Beckett

The ‘new’ book by Samuel Beckett is strictly for Godotistas, but well worth the wait. By Ian Thomson


September 19, 2014

‘Perfidia’, by James Ellroy

James Ellroy, the Los Angeles-based crime novelist, writes of an American underworld where the hoodlums are in cahoots with the police. Review by Ian Thomson


September 5, 2014

Postcard from Jamaica

How could Thomson get to Scotland at his age? By Ian Thomson


August 8, 2014

‘Goldeneye: Where Bond was Born’, by Matthew Parker

Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, living and writing in Jamaica. Review by Ian Thomson


February 10, 2012

Finals countdown

Noughties by Ben Masters, a caustic, street-smart novel for our times. Review by Ian Thomson


December 23, 2011

Cold case files

Traces Remain, essays by Charles Nicholl, is as deliciously readable and absorbing as top-notch Sherlock Holmes. Review by Ian Thomson


June 25, 2011


Illuminations, by Arthur Rimbaud, translated by John Ashbery. Review by Ian Thomson


July 10, 2010

Hellhound on His Trail

Non-fiction account of the stalking of Martin Luther King, by Hampton Sides. Review by Ian Thomson


April 12, 2010

All That Follows

Jim Crace’s new novel. Review by Ian Thomson


February 9, 2009

The Three Suitors of Fred Belair

E.A. Markham’s last great literary endeavour. Review by Ian Thomson



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