Times Literary Supplement

Times Literary Supplement

Ian Thomson has written for the Times Literary Supplement on a number of subjects.



Published: 01 July 2011

…depending on whether the Red Army or the Wehrmacht had conscripted them. “Most of my life’s journey is behind me”, says one contributor, with evident relief. In 1941 her sister had vanished in the deeps of Novosibirsk, a statistic among the millions of Siberian dead.IanThomson

Our Man in Tallinn

Published: 03 March 2006

…him. Graham Greene himself died twenty years later -six months short of his eighty-seventh birthday. “Our Man in Tallinn” is taken from Articles of Faith: The collected Tablet journalism of Graham Greene, edited with an introduction by IanThomson, which is published later this month.

Graham Greene’s chance encounter with a model spy

Published: 01 March 2006

…visit him. Graham Greene himself died twenty years later  six months short of his eighty-seventh birthday. This piece is taken from Articles of Faith: The collected Tablet journalism of Graham Greene, edited with an introduction by IanThomson, which is published later this month.


Published: 02 July 2014

At funeral in New Orleans in 1901, Joe “King” Oliver played a blues-toned dirge on the trumpet. This was the new music that they would soon call jazz. A century on from the hothouse stomps of Duke Ellington and the angular doodlings of Thelonious Monk, jazz survives as an important musical…

Burn nights

Published: 24 June 2014

Mar Kermode reviews films for a living. His forte, in the minds of many, is the scathing put-down; any director he considers overrated (or who has perhaps undeservedly won an Oscar) is neatly tossed and gored. Hatchet Job, Kermode’s third book, considers the art of film criticism in all its…


Published: 03 January 2014

Reno Modiano OF JEWISH RACE Translated by Mirna Cicioni and Susan Walker 134pp. Vagabond Voices.


Published: 22 November 2013

Pri Buttar BETWEEN GIANTS The battle for the Baltics in World War II 400pp. Osprey.


Published: 12 April 2013

Steano Maccioni, Domenico Valter Rizzo, Simona Ruffini NESSUNA PIETÀ PER PASOLINI 159pp. Editori Internazionali Riuniti.


Published: 01 June 2012

Aleander Theroux ESTONIA A ramble through the periphery 352pp. Fantagraphic Books.


Published: 13 April 2012

Joh Dickie MAFIA BROTHERHOODS Camorra, Mafia, ‘Ndrangheta: the rise of the Honoured Societies 447pp. Sceptre.


Published: 20 January 2012

Davd Katz JIMMY CLIFF An unauthorised biography 262pp. Signal.


Published: 25 November 2011

Stee Barrow and Stuart Baker STUDIO ONE RECORDS Album cover art 216pp. Soul Jazz Books.

Diana McCaulay

Published: 29 April 2011

Diaa McCaulay DOG-HEART 244pp. Peepal Tree Press.


Published: 21 January 2011

Giles Peterson and Stuart Baker…

Diaries of Mussolini’s mistress

Published: 30 June 2010

In arch 1919, an obscure political agitator, Benito Mussolini, assembled a ragbag of black-shirted followers in Milan and launched the movement that was to become, two years later, the National Fascist Party. As a child growing up in Fascist Italy, Claretta Petacci was dutifully adoring of…


Published: 07 May 2010

Antn Weiss-Wendt MURDER WITHOUT HATRED Estonians and the Holocaust 476pp. Syracuse University Press.

John Wyndham PLAN FOR CHAOS […]

Published: 26 March 2010

Joh Wyndham PLAN FOR CHAOS 234pp. Penguin.


Published: 09 October 2009

British fiction and the cultural in-between

Published: 22 April 2009

Blak West Indian culture is synonymous with youth culture in Britain today, where a Jamaican inflection has long been hip even among white teenagers. In recent years, a cross-cultural genre of British fiction has evolved out of this urban ethnic ferment. Hip-hop savvy and brocaded with…