Entertaining romps set against Nazi backdrop

Apr 28, 2013

Entertaining romps set against Nazi backdrop

by Elizabeth Day

It is 1936. Daphne Linden, the unworldly, 18-year-old daughter of a priapic Oxford professor, is sent to finishing school in Germany along with a slew of other nice young girls, all of whom unwittingly get caught up in a period of tumultuous political upheaval. ...

Painfully honest, artful homage to wife's death

Apr 21, 2013

Painfully honest, artful homage to wife's death

by Peter Conrad

This little book has a purpose that is weightily monumental: It’s a Taj Mahal made of paper, not white marble. LEVELS OF LIFE, by Julian Barnes. Cape, 2013, 128 pp., £10.99 (hardcover) Shah Jahan built the minareted tomb for his third wife when she ...