Tibor Fischer

Powerful stuff: I can’t wait for the sequel

The novel in verse is nothing new, but Homer's Iliad is fast-paced and full of surprises

Novel approach

The five Ancient Greek romances that have made it down to us in their entirety are an enigma

A currency to make bankers cry

Bitcoin is a fascinating hybrid: part cult, part asset, part business enterprise, part currency, part fad—and it appeals to the best and worst of human nature

How the truth can set you free

Jordan Peterson is erudite and well read but 12 Rules for Life has much of the tenor of a typical self-help book

Hopes and fears of all the years

The little town of Bethlehem has been irrevocably linked with Western visions of the Holy Land, but Nicholas Blincoe shows there is much more to its history

Dead horse, the flogging of

A collection of Martin Amis's essays caresses the bottom of the barrel

America’s First Lady Of Letters

Gertrude Himmelfarb's essays are impressively erudite and wide-ranging

A Sponger’s Ticket To The Finland Station

The irony of Lenin, Victor Sebestyan's biography reveals, is that he was profoundly bourgeois

Sound, Fury and Not Much Else

Slovenia's second most famous export, Slavoj Žižek, gets full marks for effort, but his 1970s dialectic seems a bit retro

American Nightmare

Lionel Shriver's latest novel is a a speculative spin on the disintegration of the United States

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"