Household names (Books) , May 2013, 78
A review of Literary Names: Personal Names in English Literature by Alastair Fowler
Mining the ash heap (Features) , November 2012, 14
On Henry Mayhew's magnum opus, London Labour and the London Poor.
Ragtime pixies (Books) , June 2012, 81
A review of The Astaires: Fred & Adele by Kathleen Riley
Gigantic footprints (Books) , February 2012, 74
A review of On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling (Writers on Writers) by Michael Dirda
The artful Dickens (Features) , June 2010, 20
On Dickens's world & the world he created.
Sleuthing Conan Doyle (Features) , June 2008, 25
On The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Andrew Lycett and Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters edited by Jon Lellenberg.
Eminent essayists (Books) , April 2008, 75
On The Spirit of the Age: Victorian Essays, edited by Gertrude Himmelfarb.
Land of Cockayne (Books) , September 2007, 70
On Hubbub: Filth, Noise & Stench in England, 1600-1770 by Emily Cockayne.
Exhibition note (Art) , April 2007, 66
On "Victorian Bestsellers" at the Morgan Library, New York.
Dum dum da da (Books) , January 2007, 82
On Stephen Banfield's Jerome Kern.
Shorter notice (Books) , March 2006, 76
Liza Picard's "Victorian London: The Tale of a City" reviewed.
The soul of wit (Books) , June 2005, 95
A review of Ogden Nash: The Life & Work of America’s Laureate of Light Verse, by Douglas M. Parker.
Miss Pym disposes (Books) , May 2005, 85
A review of No Soft Incense: Barbara Pym and the Church, by Barbara Pym, edited by Hazel K. Bell.
Nothing shabby (Books) , February 2004, 79
A review of The Afterlife: Essays & Criticism, by Penelope Fitzgerald.
Beauty blasted (Books) , February 2003, 75
A review of Wilfred Owen , by Dominic Hibberd.
Step right up (Books) , May 2002, 76
A review of Inventing the Victorians, by Matthew Sweet.
Gulliver among swans (Books) , September 2001, 115
A review of Hans Christian Andersen: The Life of a Storyteller by Jackie Wullschlager