WHAT BOOK would crime writer Karin Slaughter take to a desert island?  

WHAT BOOK would crime writer Karin Slaughter take to a desert island? Karin Slaughter is currently reading Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass House She would take The Complete Harry Potter Series to a desert island Crime writer said Orlando by Virginia Woolf left her cold By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 22:03 BST, 18 June 2020 | … Read more

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

Jenny Colgan, Lily King, Susie Steiner and Shubhangi Swarup: This week’s best new fiction  

From Jenny Colgan’s latest to Writers & Lovers by Lily King, a mystery by Susie Steiner and Shubhangi Swarup’s debut, this week’s best new fiction By Madeleine Feeny and Hephzibah Anderson and John Williams and Max Davidson Published: 22:01 BST, 23 May 2020 | Updated: 22:01 BST, 23 May 2020 Five Hundred Miles From You … Read more

DEBORAH ROSS: RIP Dad… now I can see why the hospital sent you home

Hospital Special: Fighting Covid-19 Rating: On the afternoon of March 28, a Saturday, my father was taken by ambulance to the Royal Free Hospital in North London suffering from severe breathlessness and chest pains. No one was allowed to go with him. He was discharged at 3am on the Sunday morning, and then died later … Read more

I just wish Hitler could hear the cheering! That was one little girl’s take on VE Day

HISTORY LONDON 1945 by Maureen Waller (John Murray £12.99, 560pp) Twenty-four hours of manic rejoicing flanked at both ends by years of queuing and hardship: that’s the overwhelming impression given by Maureen Waller’s superbly well-researched and detailed portrait of London in 1945, reissued in paperback to commemorate today’s anniversary of VE Day. It really happened: … Read more