Vol. 43 No. 18 · 23 September 2021

Browse other issues from this year

Cover Artist

Beth Holgate

Browse other issues from this year

Vol. 43 No. 18 · 23 September 2021

Anthony Grafton

Index, A History of the by Dennis Duncan. Allen Lane, 352 pp., £20, September, 978 0 241 37423 8

Letters

Vivien Whelpton, Jordan Sand, Daniel Soar, Andrew Weir, Calum Macdonald, Ben Ralph, Rhoda Feng, Celina Fox, John Clegg, Richard Kelham

Anne Enright

Short Cuts: Beckett in a Field

Christian Lorentzen

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney. Faber, 352 pp., £16.99, September, 978 0 571 36542 5

Madeleine Schwartz

Heaven by Mieko Kawakami, translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd. Picador, 176 pp., £14.99, June, 978 1 5098 9824 4

David Harsent

Poem: ‘From ‘At the Window’’

Luke Jennings

Learned Behaviour

Tabitha Lasley

Rebel: The Extraordinary Story of a Childhood in the ‘Children of God’ Cult by Faith Morgan. Hodder, 368 pp., £16.99, June, 978 1 5293 4759 3

Laleh Khalili

The World for Sale: Money, Power and the Traders Who Barter the Earth’s Resources by Javier Blas and Jack Farchy. Random House Business, 410 pp., £20, February, 978 1 84794 265 4

David Runciman

The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power by Max Chafkin. Bloomsbury, 400 pp., £25, September, 978 1 5266 1955 6

Patricia Fara

Einstein’s Fridge: The Science of Fire, Ice and the Universe by Paul Sen. William Collins, 305 pp., £20, April, 978 0 00 826279 2

T.J. Clark

Masters and Fools

Kevin Okoth

Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay. Penguin, 208 pp., £12.99, May 2020, 978 0 14 313422 0

Sam Kinchin-Smith

On Orford Ness: ‘Afterness’

David Edgar

On Burnley Road: Class, Race and Politics in a Northern English Town by Mike Makin-Waite. Lawrence and Wishart, 274 pp., £17, May, 978 1 913546 02 1

Michael Wood

At the Movies: ‘Annette’

Susan Pedersen

Diet for a Large Planet: Industrial Britain, Food Systems and World Ecology by Chris Otter. Chicago, 411 pp., £40, August 2020, 978 0 226 69710 9

Hugo Williams

Poem: ‘i.m. The West Pier (1866-2003)’

Adam Mars-Jones

The Recognitions by William Gaddis. NYRB, 992 pp., £24, November 2020, 978 1 68137 466 6
JR by William Gaddis. NYRB, 784 pp., £20, October 2020, 978 1 68137 468 0

Geoffrey Wheatcroft

A Child of the Century by Ben Hecht. Yale, 654 pp., £16, April 2020, 978 0 300 25179 1
Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures by Adina Hoffman. Yale, 245 pp., £10.99, April 2020, 978 0 300 25181 4

William Pimlott

Yiddish in Israel: A History by Rachel Rojanski. Indiana, 319 pp., £32, January 2020, 978 0 253 04515 7

Fraser MacDonald

Diary: Wild Beasts

Read anywhere with the London Review of Books app, available now from the App Store for Apple devices, Google Play for Android devices and Amazon for your Kindle Fire.

Sign up to our newsletter

For highlights from the latest issue, our archive and the blog, as well as news, events and exclusive promotions.

Newsletter Preferences