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Reviews I have written recently, appearing in the Sunday Times.

The Artful Dickens by John Mullan - the mind that made David Copperfield and Great Expectations: Every reader, new and old, will discover something fresh and remarkable about the great writer in this original study (11 October 2020))

Tom Stoppard by Hermione Lee - the life behind the dramas: How the man who thought Hamlet was ‘boring’ conquered the theatre (4 October 2020)

Orchard by Benedict Macdonald and Nicholas Gates - mess is best: This celebration of a wild British orchard shows how rich our nature could be again (9 August 2020)

The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present by Chris Gosden: A wide-ranging survey of the occult (12 July 2020)

The Clock Mirage by Joseph Mazur - is time an illusion?: Just like colour, time is a myth, says this mind-bending book (14 June 2020)

The Mystery of Charles Dickens by A N Wilson: A N Wilson sees perversion everywhere in the Victorian writer’s novels. Is that due to his own childhood suffering? (7 June 2020)

Love in the Blitz by Eileen Alexander - the tale of a Second World War romance: Great claims are being made for a newly discovered cache of wartime love letters  (10 May 2020)

The Multifarious Mr Banks by Toby Musgrave - the natural historian who changed our world: The botanist Joseph Banks was once England’s most famous man, this stirring book charts the breathtaking adventures that made his name  (26 April 2020)

The Well-Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith - why nature is the best cure: From First World War trenches to urban streets, how gardens help keep us human  (5 April 2020)

Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World by Jonathan Bate: Did years of celibacy power Wordsworth’s period of greatest poetic creativity?  (22 March 2020)

Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro - the new book from the author of 1599: America is so passionate about the Bard, he’s even been the cause of deadly protests  (8 March 2020)

Eileen: The Making of George Orwell by Sylvia Topp - Orwell was no saint: This biography of his first wife paints an uncomplimentary picture of the writer as selfish, inconsiderate and unfaithful  (16 February 2020)

A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz by Dita Kraus - behind the fiction: The Librarian of Auschwitz was a 2019 bestseller, but Dita Kraus’s real story is much tougher than the novel - hers is a tale of resilience  (2 February 2020)

Short Life in a Strange World: Birth to Death in 42 Panels by Toby Ferris - in search of Bruegel: A quixotic global quest to see all of the master’s 42 paintings  (19 January 2020)

A Scheme of Heaven - Astrology and the Birth of Science by Alexander Boxer - your future written in the stars: Is astrology true? Our forebears thought so, and created an exact science to explain it  (12 January 2020)

London’s Great Theatres by Simon Callow and Derry Moore - palaces of excess: Simon Callow is just the man to celebrate the lavish grandeur of London’s theatres  (22 December 2019)

Winterlust: Finding Beauty in the Fiercest Season by Bernd Brunner trans Mary Catherine Lawler - why we love winter: An exploration of the season in all its beauty and harshness proves a fascinating read  (15 December 2019)

The Reinvention of Humanity by Charles King review - Margaret Mead and the birth of anthropology: The early female anthropologists who redefined our assumptions about race, gender and sexuality  (17 November 2019)

Down in the Valley by Laurie Lee review - the world of Cider with Rosie: Previously unpublished scripts by Laurie Lee take us back to the village and harsh life that inspired his most famous novel  (10 November 2019)

The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes review - when Paris was at its peak: Julian Barnes immerses himself in the belle époque and the colourful life of the free-thinking surgeon Samuel Pozzi  (27 October 2019)

The Land of the White Horse by David Miles review - the mysteries of the Uffington chalk figure revealed: The origins of the Uffington White Horse are explored in an intriguing book  (29 September 2019)

The Europeans by Orlando Figes review - love among the artists: Europe’s dynamic culture comes to life in the tumultuous story of singer Pauline Viardot, her husband, and her lover, Turgenev  (22 September 2019)