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Paul Mitchinson is a part-time writer and a full-time father of two. He writes when he can. » more about me

Reviews

  • The Composer’s Craft (Stravinsky, The Second Exile: France and America, 1934-1971, by Stephen Walsh) The Nation, 29 May 2006)
  • The Spy Who Vamped Hitler? (The Mystery of Olga Chekhova, by Antony Beevor) National Post, 16 October 2004
  • The Land the World Forgot (Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall, by Andrew Meier) Newsday, 21 December 2003
  • Cozy Days Inside Stalin’s Kremlin (Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, by Simon Sebag Montefiore) National Post, 22 November 2003
  • A Forgotten Genocide (The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, by Peter Balakian) Newsday, 5 October 2003
  • France’s Dark Years (Marianne in Chains: Daily Life in the Heart of France During the German Occupation, by Robert Gildea) Newsday, 10 August 2003
  • The Soviet Gulag’s Haunting Legacy (Gulag: A History, by Anne Applebaum, and Surviving Freedom: After the Gulag by Janusz Bardach and Kathleen Gleeson) National Post, 14 June 2003
  • Searching for Janácek (Janácek: A Composer’s Life, by Mirka Zemanová) Andante, January 2003
  • Composing a Life (Beethoven: The Music and the Life, by Lewis Lockwood) Newsday, 22 December 2002
  • First day of the Third World (The Tsar’s Last Armada: The Epic Journey to the Battle of Tsushima, by Constantine Pleshakov) National Post, 13 April 2002
  • The Return of Beauty (Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in 20th-Century Art, by Wendy Steiner) National Post, 22 December 2001
  • Engineer Discovered Earth’s Strata on Company Time (The Map that Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology, by Simon Winchester) National Post, 18 August 2001
  • Jumping Around in the Twentieth Century, Without Pop Music (A Terrible Beauty, by Peter Watson) National Post, 10 February 2001
  • The Genius of the Future, Recycled in the Present (Romanticism and its Discontents, by Anita Brookner) National Post, 18 November 2000
  • On the Trail of Lenin’s Muddy Galoshes (Lenin, A Biography, by Robert Service) National Post, 7 October 2000
  • The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name, Not Quite Redeemed (Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas, by Douglas Murray) National Post, 5 August 2000
  • Hit on the Critic (John Ruskin: The Later Years, by Tim Hilton) National Post, 6 May 2000
  • Chaplin, Film, Fashion and Other Insights (Feeding the Eye: Essays, by Anne Hollander) National Post, 27 April 2000
  • Paris, Sans Chopin (The Parisian Worlds of Frédéric Chopin, By William G. Atwood) National Post, 25 March 2000
  • It’s OUR Problem (Days of Defeat and Victory, by Yegor Gaidar) National Post, 5 March 2000
  • Bristling With Life (M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio, by Peter Robb) National Post, 26 February 2000
  • The Art of Collaboration (Art on the Jesuit Missions in Asia and Latin America, 1542-1773, by Gauvin Alexander Bailey) National Post, 22 January 2000
  • Not to Know Me is to Love Me (Balthus: A Biography, by Nicholas Fox Weber) National Post, 27 November 1999
  • America’s First Real Supermodel (American Venus, by Diane Rozas and Anita Bourne) National Post, 23 October 1999
  • Another Kremlin Apologist? (The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939, by J. Arch Getty and Oleg V. Naumov) National Post, 18 September 1999
  • Matisse: All Business or All Pleasure (Ruthless Hedonism: The American Reception of Matisse, by John O’Brian) National Post, 14 August 1999
  • The Empire Strikes Out (After the Collapse: Russia Seeks Its Place as a Great Power, by Dimitri K. Simes) National Post, 17 May 1999
  • A Borrowed Vision, A Purloined Past (From a High Place: A Life of Arshile Gorky, by Matthew Spender) National Post, 15 May 1999
  • Cashing In the Canadian Way (The Consummate Canadian: A Biography of Samuel Edward Weir Q.C., by Mary Willan Mason) National Post, 27 March 1999