A tale of two Dickenses: The author was a champion of the oppressed but at home he was a cruel bully

The Mystery Of Charles Dickens By A.N. Wilson (Atlantic £17.99, 368 pp) Like all the best mystery stories, this true one starts with a death. On Wednesday June 8, 1870, the small, punctiliously neat, whiskery 58-year-old Charles Dickens, having told friends he was on his way to London on business, took a train to Peckham, … Read more

How the settings for the aggression level of Tesla’s computerised driver hardly inspire confidence

The car that drives like Mad Max: How the settings for the aggression level of Tesla’s computerised driver hardly inspire confidence In Providence, Rhode Island, trial was held to see if driverless buses might work  Vehicles were programmed with a set route but the programming was in winter First self-driving vehicles were ships using a … Read more

PICTURE THIS | Daily Mail Online

PICTURE THIS By Ciara Dossett For The Daily Mail Published: 22:14 BST, 4 June 2020 | Updated: 22:14 BST, 4 June 2020 Ciao  By Mario Testino (Taschen £60) Born in Peru but with Italian heritage, Mario Testino fell in love with Italy when he first visited in his 20s. It is a love affair that … Read more

WORLD FICTION   | Daily Mail Online

WORLD FICTION By Eithne Farry For The Daily Mail Published: 22:13 BST, 4 June 2020 | Updated: 22:13 BST, 4 June 2020 A HUNDRED MILLION YEARS AND A DAY by Jean-Baptiste Andrea (Gallic £10.99, 176 pp) A HUNDRED MILLION YEARS AND A DAY by Jean-Baptiste Andrea (Gallic £10.99, 176 pp) Spare, elegant and poetic, this … Read more

John Grisham, Gerald Jacobs, Leaf Arbuthnot and Catherine Lacey: This week’s best new fiction

From John Grisham’s escapist latest to Pomeranski by Gerald Jacobs, a debut by Leaf Arbuthnot & Catherine Lacey’s Pew, this week’s best new fiction By John Williams and Max Davidson and Madeleine Feeny and Hephzibah Anderson Published: 22:02 BST, 16 May 2020 | Updated: 17:10 BST, 4 June 2020 Camino Winds John Grisham      … Read more