Search Results: "A.N. Wilson"


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TABITHA by A.N. Wilson
Released: April 1, 1989

A beautifully written and produced early "chapter book" by a well-known British novelist—strong on style but weak on content. 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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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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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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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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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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DREAM CHILDREN by A.N. Wilson
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A —topic— novel that surpasses its genre and goes to the dreadful—but this time authentic—heart of the matter."
At a time when child sex abuse elicits myriad accusations, mea culpas, and endless shelves of prefab fiction, the prolific Wilson (Jesus, A Life, 1992; The Vicar of Sorrows, 1994; etc., etc.) offers a respectable, genuine, intellectual portrait of a pedophile that also makes for a gripper indeed. 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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THE VICAR OF SORROWS by A.N. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Certainly the darkest of Wilson's novels: a superb web of secrets and misunderstandings that ends with an affirmation—all the more powerful for being hard-earned."
The prolific novelist and biographer, and well-known apostate from the Church of England, here records in fiction a similar loss of faith. Read full book review >

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A WATCH IN THE NIGHT by A.N. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The insights of a lifetime enrich this marvelous work, full of rewards for loyal readers and delights for new ones."
The last volume in Wilson's quintet, known collectively as the Lampitt Chronicles (Hearing Voices, 1996, etc.), not only answers the big mystery that dogged all the earlier books, but it fully lives up to his grand scheme—to be a ``petit-bourgeois, English, late twentieth-century recovery of Lost Time.'' Which is to say, it's Proustian without the pretensions: No heavily suppressed desire, no social-climbing on a grand scale. Read full book review >

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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"A thinking person's irreverent, entertaining, and knowledgeable guide to the monarchy."
Wilson (Jesus, 1992, etc.) turns his attention and considerable wit to the crisis of Britain's Royal Family—elevating the tabloid debate about Diana and Charles and the rest of the clan so that we see them as players in the possible collapse of the monarchy itself. Read full book review >