Philip Hensher

Book Review

A dutiful exercise carried out in a rush

Innovation: The History of England Volume VI by Peter Ackroyd reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Book Review

An interest in the bizarre helps keep melancholy at bay

The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Book Review

Unsuitable attachments

The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Food

Can the Mayr diet work at home?

It’s amazing, but when you chew something 60 times, a piece of broccoli starts to taste sumptuous, complex, irresistible

By Philip Hensher

Book Review

Jordan Peterson is the Savonarola of our times

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Harold Bloom finally betrays how little he really understood literature

Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind Over a Universe of Death by Harold Bloom reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Monumental Mahler

The Eighth: Mahler and the World in 1910 by Stephen Johnson reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Hitler’s admiration has severely damaged Wagner’s reputation

Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Know better

The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag by Peter Burke reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Going both ways

The Bilingual Brain: And What It Tells Us About the Language of Science by

By Philip Hensher

Books

Short stories to enjoy in lockdown

Philip Hensher chooses some of his favorite authors, including Chekhov, V.S. Pritchett, Alice Munro and Italo Calvino

By Philip Hensher

Books

‘A Russian vowel is an orange, an English vowel is a lemon’

Think, Write, Speak: Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews and Letters to the Editor by Vladimir Nabokov reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

The concluding volume of Charles Moore’s life of Margaret Thatcher is – as its predecessors are – a triumph

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume Three: Herself Alone by Charles Moore reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Ian McEwan’s anti-Brexit satire is a damp squib

The Cockroach by Ian McEwan reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

No one held Susan Sontag in higher esteem than Susan Sontag

Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser reviewed

By Philip Hensher

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