How Shostakovich Changed My Mind by Stephen Johnson

Reviewed by Karen Langley Readers of Shiny New Books will know of my love for Notting Hill Editions books; I’ve reviewed their Beautiful and Impossible Things and The Russian Soul volumes, and so the promise of a new book covering the impact of Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich’s music on author Stephen Johnson was impossible to resist.…

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith

Reviewed by Anna Hollingsworth Here’s a confession: I am envious of Zadie Smith.This is not only a case of casual, low-level, everyday envy, the kind you might feel over someone’s new wardrobe, but a full-blown envy that warrants its place among the seven deadly sins. I may be risking victim blaming here – if the…

1919 Between the Wars 1939  by  Philip Ziegler

Reviewed by Terence Jagger   So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years – Twenty years largely wasted, the years of l’entre deux guerres   T S Eliot, Four Quartets: East Coker This book covers a period which for me – as for the author himself – is relatively unknown, coming…