Paddy and Mr Punch by R F Foster, Allen Lane, pounds 22.50. A rich and humane collection of essays on diverse cultural connections between English and Irish culture. Review by G J Watson, 1 January.
Travels with Virginia Woolf, edited by Jan Morris, Hogarth Press, pounds 17.99. Beautifully presented, eloquent extracts from Woolf's diaries and letters. Review by Natasha Walter, 12 January.