James Booth

Last reel of a postwar idyll

John Fuller's ninth novel is rich in comic phrase-making, with the kinetic subtlety of his finest poems

The girlhood of Philip Larkin

The key to the poet’s early obsession with girls’-school stories may lie with his sister Kitty

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"