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The Guardian

Ian Thomson first wrote for the Guardian in 1992. Here is a selection of his more recent contributions


Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire

20 Jul 2012 –Ian Thomson on an absorbing but uneven family memoir taking in both sides the Barbadian slave trade and its

Soldaten by Sönke Neitzel and Harald Welzer – review

25 Jan 2013 –Soldaten, drawing on secretly recorded conversations among SS and …Ian Thomson is working on a book about the Baltic city of Tallinn  …

Are We Related?: The New Granta Book of the Family …

18 Dec 2009 – A varied collection of writings on family ties impresses Ian Thomson. … Are We Related? gathers some 30 personal memoirs and short stories  …

Death and the Dolce Vita by Stephen Gundle – review …

22 Jul 2011 – Ian Thomson is fascinated by a book that reveals the real-life scandal behind Federico Fellini’s La Dolca Vita.

Ian Thomson on Primo Levi’s Journey | Books | The Guardian

14 Oct 2006 – Ian Thomson, who retraced Levi’s steps himself, assesses the latest …Made 60 years after Levi’s epic railroad odyssey, Ferrario’s film has  …

Review: War Variations by Amelia Rosselli – The Guardian

18 Nov 2005 – Ian Thomson is impressed by War Variations, the collected poems of the Italian anti-fascist, Amelia Rosselli.

Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985 – review – The Guardian

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, says Ian Thomson.

Review: In Search of a Beginning by Yvonne Cloetta | Books …

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.

Review: The Tomb in Seville by Norman Lewis – The Guardian

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, says Ian Thomson.

The Sugar Barons by Matthew Parker – review – The Guardian

1 Apr 2011 – Ian Thomson on how the cane fields of the West Indies hid a corrupt society.

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth About the Nordic Miracle by Michael Booth – review

22 Jan 2014 – Is Scandinavia a social democratic paradise?

Review: A Book of Lands and Peoples edited by Eric Newby …

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.

Il Duce and His Women by Roberto Olla – review | Books …

13 Jan 2012 – Sex was at the centre of the Italian dictator’s image.

Ian Thomson on Donald Hinds’s Journey to an Illusion – The …

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  …

Profile: Jaan Kross | Books | The Guardian

4 Jul 2003 – Ian Thomson reports. Treading Air by Jaan Kross. Buy Treading Air at Ian Thomson.

Profile: Henning Mankell | Books | The Guardian

31 Oct 2003 –Henning Mankell was raised by his father, a judge, in a flat above a courtroom, and has had an interest in legal … True crime … Ian Thomson.

Profile: James Hamilton-Paterson | Books | The Guardian

4 Jun 2004 – … the cultural mainstream. Ian Thomson reports on a literary loner. … Literary exile: James HamiltonPaterson GuardianIan Thomson