Ian Thomson first wrote for the Guardian under the literary editorship of Richard Gott. Founded in 1821, the paper was known as the Manchester Guardian until 1959. Here is a selection of Ian Thomson’s more recent contributions.
25 April 2015
Should Bob Marley’s name be used to sell marijuana?
22 November 2014 – A new brand of cannabis, to be legally sold in the US, carries the late reggae singer’s name. His estate will benefit, but does ‘Marley Natural’ tarnish his legacy?
22 Jan 2014 – Is Scandinavia a social democratic paradise?
29 May 2013 – Italo Calvino’s letters shed light on the politics of book publishing and his struggle to succeed as a writer in post-fascist Italy.
25 Jan 2013 -Soldaten, drawing on secretly recorded conversations among SS…
20 Jul 2012 -Ian Thomson on an absorbing but uneven family memoir taking in both sides the Barbadian slave trade and its legacy.
13 Jan 2012 – Sex was at the centre of the Italian dictator’s image.
22 Jul 2011 – Ian Thomson fascinated by a book that reveals the real-life scandal behind Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
1 Apr 2011 – Ian Thomson on how the cane fields of the West Indies hid a corrupt society.
18 Dec 2009 – A varied collection of writings on family ties impresses Ian Thomson.
28 Aug 2009 – Here to stay. Donald Hinds came from Jamaica to work on the buses in the 1950s. His groundbreaking book captured the plight of West Indian immigrants in London.
14 Oct 2006 – Ian Thomson assesses a film about Levi’s epic railroad journey home to Italy after the war.
11 Aug 2006 – William St Clair illuminates the African side of the British slave trade in his dignified analysis, The Grand Slave Emporium, says 2.
18 Nov 2005 – Ian Thomson is impressed by War Variations, the collected poems of the Italian anti-fascist, Amelia Rosselli.
2 Apr 2005 – Ian Thomson on Antony Sher’s Primo Time, a diary that tells us nothing we need to know.
4 Jun 2004 – Ian Thomson reports on the literary loner James Hamilton-Paterson.
16 Apr 2004 – Ian Thomson welcomes Yvonne Cloetta’s In Search of a Beginning, a life of Graham Greene that is faithful to the person, not the gossip.
5 Dec 2003 – Ian Thomson admires A Book of Lands and Peoples, an anthology of travellers’ tales from the golden age of exploration, edited by Eric Newby.
21 Nov 2003 – Norman Lewis’s last book, The Tomb in Seville, confirms him as one of the greatest English writers of the 20th century.
31 Oct 2003 – Ian Thomson reports on the Swedish crime writer.
27 Sep 2003 – Jan Morris, a matchless commentator, says she has written her last book. Ian Thomson assesses her collected journalism.
4 Jul 2003 – Ian Thomson reports on the Estonian novelist.