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Books: Literary Review UK Magazine – December 2022


Literary Review – December 2022/January 2023:


JOANNA KAVENNA  – Happiness is a Cold Fjord


Prince of Caricatura – James Gillray: A Revolution in Satire By Tim Clayton

Artist Before a Mirror – Picasso: The Self-Portraits By Pascal Bonafoux

Oils and Water – Looking to Sea: Britain Through the Eyes of Its Artists By Lily Le Brun

Stairways to Heaven – Hilma af Klint: A Biography By Julia Voss (Translated from German by Anne Posten)


CAROLYNE LARRINGTON I Have Wedded Fyve!The Wife of Bath: A BiographyBy Marion TurnerNORMA CLARKE Sense & InsolvencySister Novelists: The Trailblazing Porter Sisters, Who Paved the Way for Austen and the BrontësBy Devoney LooserLRRICHARD DAVENPORT-HINES Yours Chastely, TomThe Hyacinth Girl: T S Eliot’s Hidden MuseBy Lyndall GordonMary & Mr Eliot: A Sort of Love StoryBy Mary Trevelyan & Erica Wagner

Books: Literary Review Magazine – Nov 2022


Inside the Literary Review – November 2022:

A Tale of Two Cities

London: The Great Transformation 1860–1920

Think of the Live Models!

The Artist’s Studio: A Cultural History


Are You Outraged Yet? – The Chaos Machine: The Inside Story of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds and Our World

Was Lockdown Lawful? – Emergency State: How We Lost Our Freedoms in the Pandemic and Why It Matters

Damned Statistics – Bad Data: How Governments, Politicians and the Rest of Us Get Misled by Numbers

Books: Literary Review Magazine – October 2022



ALEXANDER WATSON Under the Double-Headed DoveIron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples Since 1500 By Peter H Wilson LR

MATHEW LYONS A Country Fit for a Queen Tudor England: A History By Lucy Wooding


RICHARD VINEN:  Kim Kardashian of WestminsterHenry ‘Chips’ Channon: The Diaries, 1943–57 By Simon Heffer (ed)LRR

J B BOSWORTH:  Fascism in the Family Edda Mussolini: The Most Dangerous Woman in Europe By Caroline Moorehead

FRANCES CAIRNCROSS:  Daily Mail ManThe Chief: The Life of Lord Northcliffe By Andrew RobertsLR

THOMAS W HODGKINSON Dine HardMadly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries By Alan Taylor (ed)LR


ROBIN SIMON Smile & SubstanceThe Portraitist: Frans Hals and His WorldBy Steven Nadler

Cultural History Books: “Wicked City – The Many Cutures Of Marseille”

From a Literary Review online review:

Wicked City The Many Cutures of Marseille Nicholas Hewitt 2019The Toulousain Charles Dantzig wrote, ‘I find the Marseillais tiresome, especially those who, as soon as you speak to them, start to bang on about the uniqueness of being Marseillais, adding with a particular sort of whining machismo that no one likes them and everyone defames them. Their humour is nothing more than pitiable braggadocio.’ Régis Jauffret, who grew up there, is pithier: ‘Marseille is a tragic city. It formed my imagination.’ (It’s an imagination of peerless bleakness.)

Literary Review December 2019Nicholas Hewitt died in March, less than a month after completing the text of Wicked City. It’s a fine monument to his curiosity, compendious knowledge, resourcefulness and measured enthusiasm. He calls it ‘a series of snapshots’, which is perhaps too modest. If they are snapshots, they have been photoshopped and retouched to accord with his vision of the city and its well-rehearsed mythology of outsiderdom and exceptionalism, edginess and banditry. And his aspiration to explore Marseille’s hold on the ‘nation’s imagination’ is also too modest. The ‘international imagination’ would be more apt.

To read more: https://literaryreview.co.uk/babylon-on-sea