Jan–Feb 2019, issue no. 408

Richard Freadman reviews 'Portraits from Life: Modernist novelists and autobiography' by Jerome Boyd Maunsell

Richard Freadman
31 December 2018

H.G. Wells, in his Experiment in Autobiography (1934), describes Henry James as ‘a strange unnatural human being’ who ‘regarded his fellow creatures with a face of distress More

Billy Griffiths reviews 'Burning Planet' by Andrew C. Scott

Billy Griffiths
27 November 2018

A few years ago I walked through a burning landscape with a young archaeobotanist, Xavier. We were in Arnhem Land, and the local Indigenous landowners had lit a low-intensity fire – a co More

Robert Dessaix reviews 'The Origins of Dislike' by Amit Chaudhuri

Robert Dessaix
27 November 2018

There is something oddly Jesuitical about this arresting, if not quite thrilling, collection of essays in defence of Modernism (and so modernity). It may be Krishna that Amit Chaudhuri cha More

Josh Specht reviews 'The Indian World of George Washington' by Colin G. Calloway

Joshua Specht
01 November 2018

As a young man, George Washington (1732–99) worked as a surveyor. Looking at a landscape, he could plan its division into orderly tracts. These skills would prove useful when he became t More

Andrew Alexandra reviews 'In Defence of War' by Nigel Biggar

Andrew Alexandra
27 May 2014

This book by Nigel Biggar, Anglican minister and Oxford Professor of Theology, is in the rich and broad tradition of thinking about war known as Just War Theory (JWT). JWT sees war as just More

Wilfrid Prest reviews 'The Reformation of the Landscape' by Alexandra Walsham

Wilfrid Prest
24 November 2011

Australian universities have long taught early modern (c.1500–1750) English/British and European history, but with Alexandra Walsham’s recent appointment as the first female t More