Search Results: "A.N. Wilson"


BOOK REVIEW

WILSON by David Mamet
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Well, folks, we're here to tell you—Wilson isn't even half-vast."
You'll want to clear your sinuses by renting a video of Glengarry Glen Ross or American Buffalo after wrestling with this unruly anti-novel by the noted playwright and remarkably unremarkable writer of fiction. Read full book review >

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WILSON by A. Scott Berg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Readable, authoritative and, most usefully, inspiring."
Accomplished biographer Berg (Lindbergh, 1998, etc.) emphasizes the extraordinary talents of this unlikely president in an impressive, nearly hagiographic account. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF THE PEOPLE by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 2016

"A lackluster offering from a literary giant."
Why and how to read the Bible in modern times. Read full book review >

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VICTORIA by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"A robust, immensely entertaining portrait from a master biographer."
A shimmering portrait of a tempestuous monarch. Read full book review >

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BETJEMAN by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Occasionally displays the author's characteristic acerbity—but generous to a fault."
A generous, even admiring, biography of the late English poet laureate (1906-84) known for his sing-songy verse (some call it doggerel), his BBC broadcasts, his devotion to the Church of England (despite his unconventional private life) and his determination to save England's notable older buildings from the wrecking ball. Read full book review >

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HITLER by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"The author's salty certainty both enlivens and diminishes his work."
The award-winning journalist, biographer and novelist offers a short, often-pugnacious biography of the Führer. Read full book review >

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DANTE IN LOVE by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Despite the occasional awkward metaphor—e.g., Dante's 'reworking of his own story is pregnant with dogs in the night-time who do not bark'—Wilson writes with crisp, conversational fluency. He's a fine tour guide, never failing to throw light on this dark wood."
"In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight way was lost." So begins Dante's Divine Comedy; for many modern readers, this trip through the afterlife never gets any straighter. Biographer, novelist and critic Wilson (Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II, 2008, etc.) aims to change this with his new book, intended as both an inducement and introduction to the greatest of all epic poems. Read full book review >

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THE VICTORIANS by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"An altogether excellent look at the Victorian era, with all its flaws and glories."
A brilliant evocation of a generation that, at least for the English, is both very much alive and has "vanished totally." Read full book review >

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HEARING VOICES by A.N. Wilson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A must for fans of Wilson's Lampitt books, but not the place to begin—much here won't make sense to those unfamiliar with Wilson's grand narrative."
The fourth book in Wilson's Lampitt Papers, an on-going chronicle of 20th-century England and one man's effort to understand a representative life—a life that has become shrouded in intrigue and innuendo. Read full book review >

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DAUGHTERS OF ALBION by A.N. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Admirable in its own right, this always enjoyable comedy of manners gains in meaning and significance when read in sequence—a trilogy (so far) of Balzacian dimensions and Amis-like wit."
The third volume in Wilson's ``Lampitt Papers'' sequence is just as engaging and entertaining as the first two (Incline Our Hearts and A Bottle in the Smoke). Read full book review >

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THE ELIZABETHANS by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2012

"Great fun, despite some unnecessary argumentativeness."
Vivid, opinionated overview of 16th-century Britain by prolific novelist/historian/biographer Wilson (Dante in Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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MY NAME IS LEGION by A.N. Wilson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"Malicious fun, with a very keen edge. Wilson's most abrasively entertaining yet."
Readers who treasure Evelyn Waugh's nasty 1938 comic masterpiece Scoop (and we are legion) will rejoice to find it reborn in the tireless British author's saber-toothed 18th novel. Read full book review >