Reviewed in the LRB, volume 40 number 20, 25 October 2018

Books reviewed in volume 40 number 20 of The London Review of Books (25 October 2018).

Confessions: A New Translation

Augustine, translated by Peter Constantine, foreword by Jack Miles (University of California at Irvine)

Adam Phillips writes:

Early on in Emmanuel Carrère’s remarkable novel The Kingdom (2014), about the vagaries of Christian conversion, the narrator tells us that his unhappy mother always knew ...

Fashion Climbing: A New York Life

Bill Cunningham

Lisa Cohen writes:

A small boy, four years old, ‘parading around’ in his sister’s ‘prettiest dress’, blissfully happy, until: ‘My mother beat the hell out of me, and threatened every ...


Anna Burns

Christopher Tayler writes:

This novel begins with a blast of voice:

The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the ...

The Vampire: A New History

Nick Groom

Philip Ball writes:

Few writers have seemed less likely to produce a modern myth than Bram Stoker, not only because of the limits of his ability and imagination but because for much of his life ...

The Cry: A New Dramatic Fable

Sarah Fielding and Jane Collier, edited by Carolyn Woodward

Clare Bucknell writes:

Until the mid-20th century Jane Collier was known only for a clever satire on how best to irritate people, An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting (1753). After her ...