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

Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with Kids by Scott Hershovitz: A philosopher tackles some of life’s trickiest questions, with the help of Rex, 4, and Hank, 5 (1 May 2022)

Battles of Conscience by Tobias Kelly - the hard price of pacifism: Being a conscientious objector in wartime Britain was not an easy option (24 April 2022)

Dinner with Joseph Johnson by Daisy Hay - the man who inspired Wordsworth, Coleridge and Blake: An unknown publisher brought together the finest minds of his age (27 March 2022)

Arnold Bennett by Patrick Donovan - the bestselling author hated by Virginia Woolf: It’s high time we gave this author the credit he deserves (6 March 2022)

No One Round Here Reads Tolstoy by Mark Hodkinson - a hymn to the joy of reading: One working-class boy and how the discovery of books changed his life (20 February 2022)

Conquered by Eleanor Parker - Anglo-Saxon life after the Norman conquest: Guerrilla warfare, the first Robin Hood and how two decades after 1066 the English owned only 6 per cent of their own land (6 February 2022)

Constable: A Portrait by James Hamilton - an eye-opening biography of the artist: This life of the celebrated landscape painter is full of surprises (30 January 2022)

Accidental Gods by Anna Della Subin - Prince Philip, Haile Selassie and Hitler: The men who were declared divine while they were still alive (2 January 2022)

Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit - the George Orwell we didn’t know about: The author’s little-known love of the natural world is explored in these curious essays (12 December 2021)

Sybil & Cyril: Cutting Through Time by Jenny Uglow - how two artists transformed lino into striking images: Sybil Andrews and Cyril Power are celebrated in a joint biography that’s a ‘joy to read’  (14 November 2021)

The Young HG Wells by Claire Tomalin - The Time Machine author’s endless promiscuity detailed: HG Wells’s womanising dominates this richly detailed life  (31 October 2021)

The Library: A Fragile History by Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen - from papyrus scrolls to today: This sweeping history of libraries is outstanding  (17 October 2021)

Making Darkness Light by Joe Moshenska - John Milton as we’ve never seen him before: This new life of the poet gets up close and personal  (3 October 2021)

The Searchers by Robert Sackville-West - the quest for the lost of the First World War: A remarkable account of the agonising search for the missing soldiers of the 1914-18 war  (19 September 2021)

The Radical Potter by Tristram Hunt - how Wedgwood astonished the world: Disability meant this potter could not turn a wheel, but that didn’t stop his genius  (29 August 2021)

The Turning Point: A Year That Changed Dickens and the World by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst - under the microscope: Was the year of the Great Exhibition a significant one for Charles Dickens?  (22 August 2021)

Writing in the Dark by Will Loxley - how Orwell, Woolf and Dylan Thomas survived the Blitz: The capital’s writers lived and loved during the rigours of wartime  (25 July 2021)

John Donne by Andrew Hadfield - the blood-and-thunder poet: The curious life of a Renaissance bard who seemed to hate poetry  (27 June 2021)

Time’s Witness by Rosemary Hill - the craze for antiquity: A magnificent historian on the age of romanticism that inspired artists and was a goldmine for swindlers  (13 June 2021)

The Utopians by Anna Neima - building the perfect society: This lively history of six projects shows the pitfalls in trying to create the ideal life  (30 May 2021)

Burning Man by Frances Wilson - DH Lawrence’s sinister genius: A new biography of the writer aims to rescue his controversial reputation  (16 May 2021)

How the Just So Stories Were Made by John Batchelor - Kipling’s misery: Terrible childhood suffering and the loss of two children spurred The Jungle Book author’s work  (9 May 2021)

Monica Jones, Philip Larkin and Me by John Sutherland - she paid a high price: The poet’s troubled relationship has been written about many times, but this biography is unique in its focus on the maligned woman  (11 April 2021)