Books

“Alan Greenspan was a good Fed chairman, but his reputation was grossly over-inflated”

Paul Dolan’s Happy Ever After frustratingly fails to address obvious questions about our idea of happiness

A charming and engaging memoir of a world long gone

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

“Samuel Johnson’s Rasselas is calculated to destroy the illusions of dreamers”

Miklós Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy is full of exceptional richness, character and colour

In her biography of Edward Lear, Sara Lodge engages with the contradictions at the heart of a man determined to both express and conceal himself

The Spy and the Traitor brings out with agonising clarity the danger that Oleg Gordievsky had voluntarily decided to run”

How Thomas Mann and Arnold Schoenberg quarreled in the irritable hothouse climate of the Los Angeles émigrés

In telling the story of Kafka’s papers, Benjamin Balint’s new book explores a larger issue: who owns Kafka?