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The rhetoric of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar might inflame you, it might make you mad – but does Garry Wills o’ershoot himself in his analysis of it all?
A new – and forgiving? – look at the ancient Jewish historian whose very name has been hated for two thousand years.
The legendary fantasy series at long last comes to its conclusion
A formidable York midwife must use all her skill and human insight to save the life of a friend accused of murder
The military crucible of the 20th Century gets a new hardcover history that can be read in one hour and fifteen minutes.
The first volume in a new fantasy series opens on a world where the everyday background magic on which everybody depends is beginning to flicker out …
One of the best – and certainly the most contentious – biographies of Alexander the Great gets an attractive new reprint.
A talented novelist writes the story of his husband’s family’s experiences in war-torn Bangladesh – but is it life, or art?
In the future setting of this promising sci-fi debut, world-hopping humanity finds the last thing it expected: aliens!
The revered (and reviled) Superman director Richard Donner co-writes an epic story from the Man of Steel’s past
2013 gets off to a smashing start with Alexandre Tharaud’s wild new recording of the works of postmodernist composer Mauricio Kagel. Norman Lebrecht reviews.
In the night sky over Occupied France, two young men met in combat – this remarkable book tells their stories.
“I paint, I work, I am free of thought” said Cezanne, and his thoughtless paintings changed art forever. A cinematic new biography explores the man’s life and art.
On a lonely icebound fjord, the young daughter of a Viking king must solve a series of crimes – and find her destiny
It’s Tom Cruise starring as Lee Child’s super-tall, super-gritty action hero!
As this year winds to a close we take another glance at the still-worthy books that moved us in days of old.
The first part of director Peter Jackson’s long-awaited movie adaptation of “The Hobbit” is finally here
He put Christianity on the road to world domination – and he did a lot of other horrid things as well. He’s Constantine the Great, and he’s got a new biographer
Open Letters mourns the loss of Charles Rosen, pianist, scholar, teacher and critic.
In a rip-snorting new blood-and-swash history of the War of 1812, the men and their fighting ships take center stage
It’s been a bumper year for vocal recitals, but Norman Lebrecht has selected the best of the bunch–and the best album of 2012
The Oscar race for Best Actor gets a little bit more crowded with the performance of John Hawkes in Ben Lewin’s “The Sessions”
The official biographer of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother now gives us that most unlikely of things: a collection of her life-long correspondence
A new college-use edition of the King James Bible turns out to be that rarest of publishing phenomena: a true must-have masterpiece.
Historian Alison Weir’s latest novel features two young heroines, separated by 80 years but united by their fascination with one of history’s mysteries: the fate of the Princes in the Tower
The latest “Spectrum” arrives, full of worlds of wonder!
A boy and a tiger, trapped at sea – the best-selling novel “Life of Pi” gets a movie adaptation by Ang Lee
Peter Handke turns 70 today. One of his translators and frequent travel companions offers a tribute.
A compelling new recording of compositions for the viola da gamba, an ancestor of the cello, is just the antidote to predictable radio classical fare
Perfect for the dog-lover on your gift list: a great big new dog-themed anthology from the vaults of the New Yorker
Franz Kafka was eternally affianced but never married – maybe more in love with the concept of love than with any particular woman. A new novel intensely dramatizes the writer and his passions.
The embattled Turkish composer Fazil Say releases a symphony rooted in the sounds of his homeland. Norman Lebrecht reviews.
Trying to mind his own business, a man at a Yankees game refuses to stand for a singing of “God Bless America” – and all Hell breaks loose.
Santa Claus … the Easter Bunny … the Sandman … the Tooth Fairy … figures out of children’s story-time band together with Jack Frost to fight an evil that threatens childhood itself
The many natural worlds of India – and the variety of striking animals who inhabit those worlds – come alive in this enormous illustrated volume
The latest volume of travel-writing from novelist and memoirist Andre Aciman takes readers from Paris to Rome to Venice to New York and back
Fresh from the halcyon 1980s, the avenging murderer of mass murderers gets a fresh new reprint series
Dramatized in the pages of this brilliant book, the Nazi state’s embracing of accelerated war-production set a dark pattern for the entire world
Too little is known about the importance of Irish composer John Field on 19th century music. An exciting new CD brings his wide influence to light.
The calm-eyed gold-plated absolute rulers of ancient Egypt, the Pharaohs in all their splendor, are brought to life in a revealing new history.
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legendary Ape Man gets a comprehensive visual tribute fit for the king of the jungle
The vast tapestry of Persian literary history gets a new – and decidedly problematic – overview from one of the subject’s greatest modern scholars
DC Comics’ fan-favorite super-team gets a definitive re-telling of its origin story – or at least provisionally definitive.
The warrior-clones in Steven Kent’s Clone Republic series can handle just about anything on the battlefield – but what if somebody starts tinkering with their programming?
the irrepressible novelist, lecturer, and historian takes us on a battle-filled, ale-soaked ransacking tour of England’s long pre-Tudor history
Two witty dialogues by a great Italian Renaissance humanist get a fresh Latin textual overhaul – and their very first English translation.
An ‘ice maiden’ social nobody accidentally meets a drunken young viscount at a party – and sparks (eventually, complicatedly) fly!
The words of Shakespeare have become a common literary language – but whose words did HE know? Why, the words of Thomas Cranmer, of course.
A thick masterwork of that maddening maven of the movie screen, Pauline Kael, gets a rock-solid reprint from Picador
The redoubtable WWII code-breaking sleuth Maggie Hope returns, this time to safeguard the young girl who will one day come to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II
A new series of paperbacks attempts to bring the boredom and terror of war home to young readers
The dynamic of beloved old video games gets a surprisingly nuanced treatment in the latest offering from Disney
An English traveller once described the Portuguese love ballad as ‘the most seducing, the most voluptuous music imaginable.’ A new CD reminds of us its delights.
Open Letters Monthly mourns Elliott Carter, whose gentle heart and endless good humor made him a warm glow of firelight in any room, and whose music was the brilliant, tangled sonogram of the 20th Century.
The ‘lost’ adventures of Marvel Comics’ original team of mutant superheroes, the X-Men
Japanese Rinpa-style artwork takes center stage in a stunning new book and exhibit from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
“It was the year in which the Civil War became a cataclysm, the federal government became a colossus, and the Confederacy came nearest to winning its independence …”
A generous collection of stories featuring John Mortimer’s immortal creation, wine-swilling judge-taunting criminal-defending barrister, Horace Rumpole of the Old Bailey
Time-bending? Gender-bending? Race-bending? “Cloud Atlas” drifts onto Mr. Anderson’s radar.
At the beginning of his career, the great scientist-explorer Tim Flannery literally sailed to the ends of the earth and back – here he sits down to tell some of those stories
In the opening volume of the “Toxic City” series, London is cut off from the rest of the world and filling up with super-powered mutants – two things which have been true on YouTube for some time now.
Jacques Barzun (1907 – 2012)
The celebrated South African author of “My Traitor’s Heart” publishes a collection of his rabble-rousing, fortifying New Journalism pieces
New for classical music lovers is an invigorating recording of the symphonies of Danish composer Carl Nielsen, as well as a trio of dazzling piano recitals. As always, Norman Lebrecht reviews.
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! With some ample assistance from comics legend Howard Chaykin
The burgeoning human population is encountering new and strange pathogens every day – how long until one of them becomes the next HIV … or Black Death?
The best-selling James Patterson novel, featuring his most popular recurring character, gets a big-screen adaptation
The new book by the great Peter Brown examines a deep conflict: Christ specifically orders Christians to be poor, but Christians would rather not be, thanks just the same.
The newly-born United States was a disorganized and largely bucolic hodge-podge until three clear-eyed financiers – all of them immigrants – worked to create a new and more monetized system
The great novelist tells the beguiling story of the man he became in order to escape a death sentence
Norman Lebrecht reviews a five-star recording from the extraordinary Finnish soprano Anu Komsi
Director Ben Affleck’s latest, “Argo,” is a real Hollywood movie about a fake Hollywood movie way back in the 1970s
To find their missing cousin, young heroes Daphne and Ivan must return to the magical land of Lexicon and confront yet more of its brain-teasing adventures.
Marvel’s resident thunder god-superhero Thor goes through some epic adventures in the latest volume of “Essential” reprints.
A new book authorized by the Kennedy Library provides some slices of living history: tapes and transcripts of President John F. Kennedy at work in the White House.
Hungarian Miklós Rózsa was one of the century’s greatest composers for film, but he also wrote the fine concertos given new life on this recording
Marsilio Ficino’s enormous commentary on the Parmenides of Plato receives a fantastic scholarly edition from – who else? – Harvard’s I Tatti Renaissance Library
Vultures, black cats, and a gigantic, unbeatable foe: it’s a week in the life of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!
Tim Burton’s new movie has a surprising amount of heart and soul
Homer’s Iliad gets a new and unconventional translation into sometimes very familiar language
Pete Dexter’s lean, harrowing novel of murder and ambition is coming to the big screen with a full complement of movie stars – and a new paperback edition of the book is a happy by-product.
The deeply unlikely pairing of pianist Glenn Gould and soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was deemed a flop when it took place in 1966–now some of the never-before-published recordings have come out, and they’re well worth the wait.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, featuring a thinly-veiled take on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology
A stark and powerful account of the killing regimes of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia – and of the blood-soaked stretch of middle Europe where those regimes did their work.
A slim, engaging new book tries to take an objective look at the popular question of Shakespearean authorship – if such objectivity is even possible.
The two Judge Dredds: For fans, Dredd is the hero of his own comic series; a futuristic lawbringer whose stories have been told in the weekly British comic anthology 2000 A.D. since 1977. In the …
Dog-torturer Michael Vick writes a triumphalist come-back memoir.
A Dickens-obsessed little Oregon town plays unwilling host to – what else? – a Dickens-themed murder in this captivating mystery debut
During World War Two, thousands of men left U.S. jobs in order to join the military – and thousands of women stepped in to fill those jobs … and in some cases join the military too. A fascinating new book looks at what magazine cartoons had to say about all this.
A careful and discerning new biography tackles that most daunting of all great Victorian novelists, George Eliot – with largely praiseworthy results.
Jon Lord, the founder of Deep Purple, brings out a concerto that fuses elements of classical music, rock, and ballad singing. Norman Lebrecht reviews the results.
Now in the U.S.: an epic, gore-spattered series about a roving band of Viking warriors!
Paul Anderson returns to the director’s chair for the new “Resident Evil” chapter – but does he still have that old zombie-fighting magic?
James Cameron’s ultimate twist on a shipboard-romance gets the luxury-liner treatment in a lavish new Blu-Ray set from Paramount
Young, vain, unfaithful Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, regularly draws writers intent on finding heroism in her brief life & times; Carolly Erickson is the latest aspirant.
The meek and dutiful Jane Seymour, mother of Henry VIII’s long-sought male heir, takes center stage in a new historical novel about her life and times.
Tragedy haunted the earliest years of the new Tudor dynasty, and in this atmospheric new novel, a candle-maker and a courier are tasked with finding out why.
The ancient Greek historian Thucydides is virtually synonymous with the Peloponnesian War, but a new history gives the master a much-needed makeover
From the glory days of the late 1980s comes this new reprint-volume of the adventures of Marvel Comics’ imperious, headstrong super-merman, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner!
A CD of piano recitals dubbed “The French Album” stars an English pianist and includes pieces by Bach and Liszt. Norman Lebrecht sorts out the confusion.
Belknap Press produces a big, attractive, and lovingly annotated edition of Jane Austen’s peak-of-her-career novel “Emma” – perfect for newcomers and those who know every line by heart.
A visually surrealistic new movie about the evils of marketing and advertising run amok.
In a slim new volume, one of our greatest masters of vibrant exegesis gives is the collected poetry of “the invisible poet of the world” – Jesus Christ.
One of our best popular historians sheds light on the caliphate of Harun al-Rashid, where learning and culture flourished at a time when the West was mired in filth and chaos.
The melodramatic first novel in a series set in a vampire-ridden steampunk version of Victorian London
Now in paperback: the most comprehensive, opinionated, and even-handed biography poor unlucky oath-breaking King Stephen is ever likely to get – or deserve.
Norman Lebrecht reviews a new recording of the music of Handel’s contemporary Bononcini–but which Bononcini are we talking about? In addition are three notable CDs for John Cage’s centenary.
A fast-paced teen fiction re-imagining of Peter Pan and Wendy and the Lost Boys and Neverland, with a few side-helpings of goth, “Buffy,” and a certain boy wizard
Hollywood Next Big Things – past, present, and future? – share screen-time in a gritty tale of the Prohibition-era South.
A comprehensive – and visually stunning – overview of the mighty Roman legions and the world they helped to shape.
An ambitious historical novel about the dark days of the emperor Domitian by the popular mystery author Lindsey Davis.
A lavishly illustrated biography of the Roman emperor Hadrian – now in bookstores in paperback – takes readers inside the world of an empire (and its ruler) undergoing one long identity crisis
Now in a bright yellow paperback: a generous helping of essays, provocations, and tirades by the late Christopher Hitchens.
Before the advent of modern times, every visitor to Venice approached the city slowly, from the water – and according to a visually-stunning new book, Venetians very much wanted it that way.
The ancient Roman architect Vitruvius influenced the Renaissance architect Alberti, who in turn influenced the architect Palladio and the humanist Barbaro – a strong new book traces the genealogy.
Glenn Gould would have turned 80 next month; his legacy is celebrated with a diverse and sometimes instrumentally daring homage
A new social history of Venice takes readers well beyond the myth and delves into the lives of the people – princes, merchants, women, immigrants – who brought the city to life
The Twilight film series will finally be coming to a close this fall, and with it the free rides of many of the young actors and actresses who made names for themselves in their roles …
Elizabeth I’s radical decision to remain unmarried gave hope to every aspiring suitor in the Western world – a new reprint marches us quickly through the usual suspects.
Lorenzo Valla, whose exposure of the “Donation of Constantine” was the opening salvo of modern humanism, spent years writing one long argument with Aristotle, now fully translated for the first time.
In one of Marvel Comics’ grandest recent story-arcs, the Avengers square off against the Norse god of fear and his mind-controlled hammer-wielding henchmen
DC Comics Classics Library
The Legion of Super-Heroes: The Life and Death of Ferro Lad
Jim Shooter (script)
Curt Swan (art)
Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore
Denny O’Neil (script)
Curt Swan (art)
DC Comics, 2009
The most common misconception about comic books is that they’re …
An emotionally stunning memoir about Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, where animals once fated for the slaughterhouse are given normal, happy lives
A Buffalo in the House, The Extraordinary story of Charlie and His Family
R. D. Rosen
Random House, 2007
Now out in paperback is R.D. Rosen’s entertaining and enormously moving A Buffalo in the House, the story of …
Wunderkind violinist Nicola Benedetti delivers her best album to date with this thoughtful selection of concertos and film themes
A creepy, touching stop-motion masterpiece from the creators of “Coraline”
Best-selling author Philippa Gregory’s new novel tells the story of Anne and Isabel Neville, the Wars of the Roses … and a certain misunderstood bad boy.
An engaging – perhaps a touch too engaging – new biography of fourth four-star general in U.S. history: Phil Sheridan
The passionate, complicated Bronte family is the subject of Juliet Barker’s massive, definitive biography, now given a sumptuous new edition
An accessible, well-researched new biography takes a largely approving look at America’s fourth president, James Madison.
Dr Seuss’ beloved children’s classic about environmentalism gets a less-than-lovable Hollywood remake
Jeremy Renner steps into Matt Damon’s action-shoes in the latest instalment of the “Bourne” series!
A magnificent multi-voiced celebration of the weird and wild career of that Jacobean jack-of-all-trades, Thomas Middleton
A lively new account of the bloodbath of Towton, one of the key battles of the Wars of the Roses
In the latest spin-off novel from the hit “Spartacus” TV series, a spectre of death is haunting our gladiators even when they’re not at work!
The daughter of Queen Elizabeth I’s chief of espionage has a mind of her own, and in addition to being a dutiful wife to Sir Philip Sidney, she has the makings of an intrepid intelligencer.
All the time-jaunts of the legendary U.S.S. Enterprise, contained – and explained – in one novel? Inconceivable!
The improbable star of Francine Mathews’ new WWII-era spy thriller: a thin, frail, relatively obscure ambassador’s son from Brookline, Massachusetts named Jack Kennedy.
A teeming new multi-volume box-set from Decca showcases the magisterial piano performances of Clifford Curzon
Now in paperback: Juliet Eilperin’s gripping and personality-filled study of sharks and the people who study them
Critics tend to scoff at remakes. To many, these copies represent the worst that Hollywood has to offer, blatantly repeating stories that were successful in the past, rather than risk trying anything new. As movie …
Legion of Super-Heroes: Hostile World
Paul Levitz (script)
Francis Portela (art)
DC Comics, 2012
The company-wide “New 52” reboot that DC Comics has used to re-envision (and, they hope, revitalize) their comic book line is nearly a year old. …
Who knew that the avant-garde Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg wrote so many songs? They’re brought together in a revealing new four-disc collection.
For most of your long life, you looked to this uneasy translation with a mixture of dread and prurience, and now it’s upon you (“townsman of a stiller town,” from a poem you professed to …
Open Letters Monthly mourns Maeve Binchy, teacher, talker, gentle seanchai.
Codladh samh, old friend.
A sprawling new celebration of London in six centuries of verse!
A gorgeously-written new book on the vanishing black rhinos of south-western Africa
A new reprint delivers George R. R. Martin’s science fiction novel about 19th century American vampires!
For thirty hard-fought years, the King of England was also the King of France – new in US bookstores is a thrilling account of those years
Violas are the most overlooked of instruments, but not by Beethoven–an intriguing new release brings together his music for the violin’s deeper-voiced sibling
A magisterial new one-volume history of the Second World War
The novel’s greatest age gets a stunning, multi-voiced celebration
In a fog-enshrouded city, a tough PI takes on a case that changes everything.
16th Century Iran comes alive in a new novel
In the wake of today’s news from Connecticut, we are reposting a note written by our Executive Editor following the shootings in Aurora earlier this year.
Natalie Clein delivers an extraordinary performance of Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo, in a disc featuring other classic Jewish music. Norman Lebrecht reviews.
Aurochs run amok in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” John C. Anderson reviews.
A new book looks at the foremost weapon in war’s arsenal: food.
The bishops of Durham Cathedral were also secular princes who could settle legal disputes – and raise armies. A study now out in paperback gives the mighty cathedral and priory the history they deserve.
The latest adventure featuring freelance ‘sword jockey’ Eddie LaCrosse is – avast! – a rollicking pirate-yarn!
The latest volume of Marvel’s “Essential” reprint line!
Oliver Stone’s new movie about drugs, violence, sex, and savages!
A new one-volume history of the Second World War ends with the big question: could the bad guys have won?
A new – and sometimes unforgiving – military history of the Iron Duke!
The latest edition of the venerable science fiction anthology series!
The raucous 21st century update of the old TV series gets its Blu-Ray release!
“Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane tries his hand at live-action comedy!
We may never know with certainty what brought Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to cast the deciding vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act and salvage the chief accomplishment of Barack Obama’s presidency. But …
A thorough new book aims to give patients more power over their hospital experience
The amazing duo of Stefano Bollani and Riccardo Chailly return with the inter-war music of Ravel, Stravinsky, Kurt Weill, and Victor de Sabata.
An amiable new book lays out the neurology behind food and eating
Mash-up fiction come to the big screen in “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”!
Now on Blu Ray: the 15th Anniversary edition of the award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Evita”!
A wonderful new book explores not only the Pleistocene era but the IDEA of the Pleistocene
A slim, fantastic new book on dead bodies, decay, road kill, and circling vultures! Happy summer!
In his CD of the Week recommendation, Norman Lebrecht discovers the brilliant exception to a rule, an aria recital disc worth buying
A heartfelt debut novel about an innocent young woman who comes to the court of Henry VIII – except she’s Anne Boleyn’s cousin, so innocence isn’t going to last very long!
The big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway play “Rock of Ages”
Now in English: a richly researched and deeply moving history of the capital of the Third Reich.
A fiery new book condemns the evils of hunting
In John Lanchester’s new novel, a posh London street is hit hard when the housing bubble bursts
“Ultimate Fighter” Urijah Faber talks about life and goals in a new book
Against all expectations arrives a fantastic new recording of Vivaldi’s sonatas, courtesy of L’Estravagante. Norman Lebrecht reviews.
A new novel tells the story of two women who played a very dangerous game for the biggest prize of all: the throne of England
Ridley Scott’s long-awaited sci-fi epic finally arrives!
A fine and fact-filled new account of the War of 1812
A stunning and insightful new book about the ways modern American presidents go to war, stay at war, and exit war.
DC Comics re-creates its entire line of superheroes – including the Caped Crusader himself, Batman
A sharp new work seeks to get at the gory reality behind the Hollywood images of warfare.
These rare recordings illuminate the valuable contributions of the Russian composer (and contemporary of Rachmaninov’s) Nikolai Medtner
Veteran writer Ed Falco pens a prequel to “The Godfather,” featuring the rise of a crime family – and the story of a vicious strongman named Luca Brasi.
Can the Peter Jackson/Lord of the Rings approach work with the Brothers Grimm? Mr. Anderson tells the tale!
The long-awaited next volume in the ongoing Legion of Super-Heroes reprint line is finally here!
Disaster movie or disaster of a movie? Horror movie or horrible movie? Mr. Anderson disambiguates!
Last week on NBC’s Meet the Press, Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, was asked to give his opinion about an advertisement the Obama campaign has been running. It was a cover story for days. It was a complete waste of everyone’s time.
The Artemis Quartet brings forth a brilliant recording of Schubert’s string quartets 13, 14, and 15 — that plus three notable new releases of the music of Shostakovich
In pre-war Peking, a young girl is brutally murdered, and an investigation is working against time as Japanese forces converge on the city. But the girl’s father wants justice, even if he has to find it himself.
A towering landmark of epic fantasy literature is re-issued in a pretty paperback!
An interview with Kim Newman, author of the fantastic “Anno Dracula” series of novels!
In the sequel to Kim Newman’s great “Anno Dracula,” the evil Count wages war – the First World War, to be exact – with the living!
The steady rush of talented new pianists can be overwhelming. Norman Lebrecht helps locate the gold from the dross.
The closest thing to a genuine ‘moose-whisperer’ finally gets around to writing the Bible on the species!
Can an enormous budget save an old, defunct board game about an old, defunct class of warship? Ask Mr. Anderson!
A sensible young widow tries hard not to fall in love with a dashing young playwright in the latest offering from good old Harlequin Romances!
The first volume in a magisterial new two-volume biography of the greatest Renaissance artist of them all!
the third and final reprint-volume of one of the greatest creative runs on Marvel Comics’ beloved title “The Avengers”
A popular French book about the daring assassination of a Nazi official in 1942 receives an English translation
Four new recordings celebrate the oft-forgotten Russian composer Mieczylaw Weinberg. Norman Lebrecht reviews.
a lush new time-travel romance arrives just in time for summer
The latest collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is very nearly un-dead on arrival, according to our guest-poster, movie blogger John Anderson!
A lively new personality-driven look at the centuries of Roman rule in the British Isles
The posthumous memoir of a beloved Southern writer
The well-spoken son of a lesbian couple becomes a YouTube sensation – and an author.
D. Graham Burnett, a young historian of science, produces a fantastic and important encyclopedic history of the long, torturous, often retrograde progress toward “Save the Whales.”
Philip Glass’s ninth symphony has some of the minimalist traits listeners will expect–but also a number of surprises
In the latest Ian Rutledge mystery, a man walks into Scotland Yard, confesses to a long-ago murder, and shortly afterward is himself found murdered – and the game’s afoot!
Kirk and crew must conduct a rescue mission on a planet that disappears every three years – and is set to vanish mighty soon!
A heapingly generous helping of the letters of history’s most popular novelist
Not-quite-brothers search for their not-quite-mother in this colorful mini-series, now in a hardcover collection
In a clever ploy to extend the copyright of Sergei Rachmaninov’s music, Alexander Warenberg has fiddled with the composer’s second symphony to create a so-called “fifth” piano concerto. Norman Lebrecht reviews the results.
The latest selection of reprints from one of America’s most-praised novelists
A big, pugnacious account of the post-WWII world
a fact-filled compendium of killer creatures!
A darkly dazzling new Edwardian novel to tempt fans of “Downton Abbey”
the latest black-and-white omnibus collection of the adventures of Marvel Comics’ super-team par excellence, The Mighty Avengers
Every conductor tries to locate the key to Edward Elgar’s famous compositions — a new release lets listeners hear how Elgar interpreted himself
A new biography of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom a King of England abdicated
A sumptuous catalogue of the earliest artwork from ancient Egypt
a new book sifts the evidence for a few flash-point topics in the life of Meriwether Lewis
A gigantic new anthology of creepy, unbalanced, and openly threatening short fiction
A new reprint of a classic book about a hardscrabble pride of lions in Kenya
A year after the centennial of his death, Gustav Mahler is still inspiring interesting performances. Norman Lebrecht listens to five newly released recordings.
In the latest Maisie Dobbs novel, the clouds of war are gathering
A talented young novelist writes a nonfiction account of living and working in Paris!
First off, thanks for joining us – and congratulations on writing a fantastic book! Can you tell us a little about yourself? Writing is not, as it were, your day job, correct?
It’s good to be …
A novel of 6th century England, full of blood and mud and love and valor!
An interview with author Elspeth Cooper!
Music from the adventurous Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Górecki finds a perfect match with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
An exceptionally powerful history of Berlin’s rise and fall during the course of World War Two
The valiant young hero of Elspeth Cooper’s debut novel must flee from a Church that condemns his growing energy-powers as evil …
A new book explores the connections between superhero comics and the extraordinary beliefs of some of their creators
The latest World Report of the Human Rights Watch draws a sobering – but still hopeful – picture of mankind in 2011
19th-century Russian composer Anton Rubinstein has always been justifiably overshadowed by Tchaikovsky, but a new recording of his Persian music proves a surprising delight
An interview with The Baffler‘s new Editor-in-Chief, John Summers.
The Baffler, an unapologetically radical journal that always punched above its weight, has had a troubled history. But a long-term publishing contract has rejuvenated it, and shown that an old formula is as relevant as ever.
He was a taciturn, bookish heir to staggering wealth; she was a high-spirited nonconformist ‘new woman’ – and, in a lost era of privilege and social progress, they were very much in love.
A new book dramatizes the adventurous – and bloody – opening of the American West.
A solid, enjoyable new biography of one of ancient Rome’s most notorious gay teen-emperors!
Norman Lebrecht spotlights a striking new recording of a piece that has eluded musicians for years, Edward Elgar’s cello concerto
A big new biography of Edward Burne-Jones, whose vivid and dreamlike artwork caught the sentimentality of his time and shaped it to immortal perfection.
Arbiter Records gathers together some remarkable archival rarities of Brahms recordings. Norman Lebrecht reviews.
A gorgeous new edition of the King James Bible arrives on bookshelves, packed with illustrations by Gustave Dore and, of course, some of the most beautiful poetry in the English language
A perceptive new study of the effects a cataclysmic earthquake had on a tottering regime in China
An enchantingly small focus creates a modern-day masterpiece of natural history
The latest Kate Shugak murder mystery features small town Alaska, bush pilot sabotage, and one heck of a sexy state trooper!
Any new study of Tutankhamen faces an array of obstacles – some more familiar than others.
Acquaint yourself with newly recorded Piano Concertos from the talented, eclectic, and little-known Scottish composer Erik Chisholm
Now in paperback: one of the best books ever written about the life and times of Socrates
A new thriller features an implacable torturer-for-hire as its problematic protagonist.
A new look at the outbreak of World War I reminds readers of the individual people involved – and presents some intriguing might-have-beens.
The new movie “John Carter” has spawned a dozen reprints of the original Edgar Rice Burroughs stories – including the official Disney tie-in featuring both the screenplay novelization and the debut ERB novel
Renée Fleming sings “sensual French masterpieces” on a new album from Decca–but are the results as evocative as the billing?
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ debut John Carter novel, “A Princess of Mars,” gets a vivid new comic book adaptation
A paperback reprint of a modern nature classic
A new paperback edition of the once-definitive history of DC superheroes
Andrew Breitbart, the brash, conservative media warrior, died a few days ago. He was by all accounts a wonderful husband, father, and friend – but should that matter?
A new anthology samples from a lifetime’s publications of a beloved critic
In Richard Mason’s latest novel, a handsome, articulate young man takes a job with a wealthy family as tutor for their troubled son
Thomas Mallon’s latest novel dramatizes the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon administration
a lean and pugnacious new history of the second-greatest fighting ship in United States history!
In conjunction with a recent PBS special, a classic book is re-issued: the story of a man who became the mother, father, and leader to an engaging group of wild turkeys
A new anthology of tales set in the exotic Mars of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter” novels!
The great Natalie Dessay is at her best in this recording of Claude Debussy’s early piano suites
The frontiers of ancient Rome – the limits by which it defined both itself and its enemies – stretched from the Tigris and Euphrates to the Irish Sea. In this muscular new study, those frontiers take center stage.
The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes love, squabble, and fight killer robots in this latest reprint volume
A veteran historical novelist takes on that gigantic freedom fighter, William Wallace
Everybody knows the name Fu-Manchu, but so few people have read the books that made that name famous! A great new series of reprints aims to correct that.
In Hitler’s great gamble of attacking the Soviet Union in 1941, the legendary victories at Kiev weren’t so glorious as standard histories would have us believe – so says a new book on the subject
A bursting box set contains all of the piano music from the iconoclastic American composer John Cage
A massive collection of essays examining all aspects of animal rights.
A pretty new reprint of the great German writers’ memoir of boyhood under the Nazis in Cologne.
A series of fortunate events unearths a long-lost manuscript by the late great Donald Westlake! Too good to be true, or too true to be good?
An intensely readable history of the wars that made – and then broke – the city of Venice as ruler of the seas.
Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America – read a great adventure of the Avengers core trio before you feast your eyes on the summer’s movie!
An eloquent and extremely thought-provoking new formulation of animals deserve from the humans who determine their fates.
A new book praises introverts as the wonderful, sensitive, thoughtful conscience of the brawling, talking human race.
When Alexander the Great died at age 32, his huge empire was split apart by his warring successors. James Romm’s new book on the subject captures all the brutal drama.
A wonderful (and long out of print) adaptation of “SIr Gawain and the Green Knight” by the great 20th century novelist and teacher John Gardner
After a brutal six months, Mitt Romney has won Florida and almost certainly the GOP nomination. Democrats and Republicans are rightly focused on his record, but they’re each doing it for the wrong reasons.
Captain Kirk finds himself stranded in the middle of space in the 21st century in this new Star Trek novel.
The originator of Constructal Theory writes another book expounding his notion that all things flow against resistance, and that everything flowing is alive.
One of Shakespeare’s greatest villains gets a novel of his own – is there creative life after the Bard?
A befuddled widower finds himself suddenly thrust back into the dating game in Hilma Wolitzer’s latest novel
The god of fear comes to Earth intent on stomping all over Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and company
A new fantasy novel from a neglected giant in the genre!
A masterful new biography takes Henry VIII down a peg or two
A brilliant new biography of the great man of the English Renaissance
A daring teen hero must risk everything to save his brother.
An interview with Romance author Christina Brooke!
When it comes to matters of matrimony, Christina Brooke’s Ministry of Marriage will have its way, even if – in her latest novel – it means matching a ravishing beauty with a reluctant beast!