3 March, 2014
Michael Easson finds Edmund Burke miscast as a conservative in Jesse Norman's new biography.
3 February, 2014
James Andrew Taylor's biography of the poet Vernon Scannell provides fresh insights into the artistic cousin of Philip Larkin.
20 January, 2014
Bryn Jones Square discovers the social nature of artistic creation in Lucy Newlyn’s literary biography of William and Dorothy Wordsworth.
24 June, 2013
She retains her haunting power, but the official life begins with a Thatcher more real than we might have imagined.
10 June, 2013
Despite problems of retrospect, this novel about the making of the poet is a valuable contribution as interest in Thomas grows.
3 March, 2013
Paula Byrne gets big ideas from some very small objects in her new biography of Jane Austen, Ceri Hunter writes.
4 February, 2013
Rosie Lavan finds that Lois Banner's feminist history of Marilyn Monroe leaves a lot to be desired.
Octavia Cox finds a less lovesick John Keats emerging from Nicholas Roe's essential new biography of the poet.
21 January, 2013
Sylvie Simmons's new biography of Leonard Cohen gives an intimate and detailed account of a life on tour.