March 17, 2018 l put up my hands and make an admission: I don't read many contemporary novels. Most of them seem, well, too contemporary.

The Last Wolf

August 23, 2017 Is there anything more tiresome than debating the essence of “Englishness” – or any other national identity, come to that?…

The end of solitude

April 26, 2017 Michael Harris, author of the new book Solitude, is a Canadian writer who lives in a big city and whose…

What Is This?

August 2, 2016 A review of ‘Abundance’, the new collection of writing by Annie Dillard. There is to be a total eclipse of the…

Reading the Riot Act

December 11, 2014 “The study of the past with one eye, so to speak, on the present, is the source of all the…

The Four Degrees

October 23, 2014 Don’t Even Think about It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall Bloomsbury, 272 pp,…

Distant Neighbors

September 12, 2014 A review of the selected letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder When should you fight and when should you…

Green was the Earth on the Seventh Day

May 1, 2012

A book that influenced me: Thor Heyerdahl’s volume of reminiscences


July 17, 2009

A review of a book by Tristram Stuart which lays bare our wasteful culture.

Selected Poems by Robinson Jeffers

May 2, 2008

My ‘book of a lifetime’ – the work of a long-neglected poet.

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