Christmas 2016: Biography

John le Carré's autobiography is one of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year. Also recommended are Edmund Gordon's brilliant portrait of Angela Carter, and Amy Liptrot's memoir of addiction, wilderness and recovery.

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Ariel: A Literary Life of Jan Morris

Derek Johns

From the publisher:

Jan Morris is one of the great British writers of the post-war era. As James Morris she was the journalist who brought back the story of the conquest of Everest in 1953 and ...


Thomas Hardy: Half a Londoner

Mark Ford

James Wood writes:

Human character, we know, changed on or about December 1910, but it had already changed on or about December 1863, when Baudelaire published his essay ‘The Painter of Modern ...