All articles by: Mike Parker

Books: A Greek bearing gifts

Published: January 29, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Blood & Gold by Leo Kanaris Dedalus £9.99 Those of us who are both Graeco­philes and lovers of good thrillers have been a little short of material since Paul Johnston …

Books: Fogeyish but humane

Published: January 25, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

The Orwell Essays by Bryan Sewell Quartet £12 Brian Sewell first came to public notice as the golden-vowelled spokesman for his friend, and fellow art historian, Anthony Blunt when the …

Not fascism, just Zionism

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

A few weeks ago, a former Israel finance minister interviewed on Newsnight stated that since the state of Israel represented the “soul of the Jewish people”, any criticism of Israel …

Books: Not fascism, just Zionism

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

State Of Terror: How terrorism created modern Israel by Thomas Suarez Skyscraper £20 A few weeks ago, a former Israel finance minister interviewed on Newsnight stated that since the state …

Books: A tendency to radicalise

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

Torture: Does It Work? by Yvonne Ridley Military Studies Press £14.95 Well, yes, perhaps, maybe, sometimes it might, possibly, in the future, as the bomb tick, tick, ticks away. Unless …

Art: Nice little garden with a gallery attached

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

Martin Creed attempts to channel Jackson Pollock Martin Creed: What You Find Hauser &?Wirth, Bruton, Somerset Remember those news reports a couple of months ago about the teenagers who left …

Legacy of a paranoid sociopath

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History 1962-1976 by Frank Dikotter Bloomsbury £25 Stalin said: “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.” His admirer Mao certainly seemed to …

Still rocking in the free world

Published: July 11, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

Neil Young and Promise Of The Real O2 Arena London Earth Neil Young and Promise Of The Real Reprise Records There was a time in the mid-1980s when Neil Young …