BOOK REVIEW: A deeply personal view of mad, bad Joburg

Ivan Vladislavić reprises his role of the modern-day flâneur, wandering the streets and musing on incidences of decay and rebirth

BOOK REVIEW: Peeling back the layers of Lawrence of Arabia

The biography provides a glimpse of the remarkable life of the complicated tactical genius

International Booker Longlist offers insights into how political power drives our lives

The 13 books offer unique stories vying for the title of best fiction translated into English

Five new novels to read in March

New works range from a cleverly plotted mystery to an exploration of culture wars and insightful representation of disability

The Irish return to the literary stage in 2024

Irish literature looks set for another big year, with new books from John Boyne, Roddy Doyle and Marian Keyes

BOOK REVIEW: Heeding the signs in the quest for love and belonging

The multifaceted novel set in Durban examines love’s different forms and how broken lives can be made whole

BOOK REVIEW: A powerful tale of liberation, love and legacy

‘Ours’ is a sweeping, emancipatory tale with a supernatural twist

BOOK REVIEW: An entertaining trip through the drug-addled noughties

Hilarious and fascinating ‘autobiography’ tells the story of James Blunt’s bizarre and outrageous life

Almost prescient novel explores the ever-precarious Middle East

Andrew Brown talks about his novel ‘The Bitterness of Olives’

How coffee, naps and moderate drinking can keep dementia at bay

In ‘How to Prevent Dementia’, Richard Restak discusses how to prevent a range of mentally degenerative diseases

Between the white lines: writing about rugby

The World Cup-winning Springboks, a coach’s autobiography and two nostalgic labours of love

Recipes that would have Oliver Twist asking for more

Tom Kerridge’s food is tasty and the recipes are approachable

BOOK REVIEW: Lockdown in the city that never sleeps

The inadvertent relationships in ‘The Vulnerables’ and the sustaining power of connection are the basis of the story

Five books to read in January

Money and bad behaviour, a family in exile, psychedelic opulence and mystery, war and unsettling photographs

Thriller uncovers mystery at the heart of human relationships

In ‘The Ghost of Sam Webster’, Craig Higginson Higginson explores love, life and darkness in the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal

Rome’s emperors in all their egotistic and eccentric glory

Mary Beard gives readers a view of what they ate, how they dressed and how they dealt with slaves and senators