‘Bring some Madeira’, review essay on Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey, ed. Nicholas A. Joukovsky, and Crotchet Castle, ed. Freya Johnston and Matthew Bevis (Cambridge), London Review of Books, 8 February 2018, 23-4

‘I now, I then’, review essay on Adam Smyth (ed.), A History of English Autobiography (Cambridge), London Review of Books, 17 August 2017, 39-40

‘Fielding and Fake News’, OUPblog, 30 April 2017

‘Mastering the art of understating your wealth’, review essay on The Literary Correspondence of the Tonsons, ed. Stephen Bernard (Oxford), London Review of Books, 5 May 2016, 21-2

‘Too many pears: Frances Burney’, review essay on The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney, Volumes III and IV: 1788, ed. Lorna J. Clark (Oxford), London Review of Books, 27 August 2015, 40-1

‘Illuminating retrievals’, review essay on Steven Moore, The Novel: An Alternative History, 1660-1800 (Bloomsbury) and Thomas G. Pavel, The Lives of the Novel: A History (Princeton), Times Literary Supplement, 8 August 2014, 10-11

‘Carry up your coffee boldly: Jonathan Swift’, review essay on Leo Damrosch, Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World (Yale); Swift, Parodies, Hoaxes, Mock Treatises: ‘Polite Conversation’, ‘Directions to Servants’ and Other Works, ed. Valerie Rumbold (Cambridge); Swift, Journal to Stella: Letters to Esther Johnson and Rebecca Dingley, 1710-13, ed. Abigail Williams (Cambridge), London Review of Books, 17 April 2014, 33-4

‘That corrupting country: Orientalist Jones’, review essay on Michael J. Franklin, Orientalist Jones: Sir William Jones, Poet, Lawyer, and Linguist, 1746-1794 (Oxford), London Review of Books, 9 May 2013, 33-4

‘What did she do with those beds?: Eliza Haywood’, review essay on Katherine. R. King, A Political Biography of Eliza Haywood (Pickering & Chatto), London Review of Books, 3 January 2013, 31-2

‘Samuel Johnson and Human Flight’, OUPblog, 13 December 2012; reprinted in Johnsonian News Letter for March 2013

‘Freaks, Dwarfs and Boors: 18th-Century Jokes’, review essay on Simon Dickie, Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental 18th Century (Chicago), London Review of Books, 2 August 2012, 17-18

‘Spiralling Costs’, review essay on Terry Friedman, The Eighteenth-Century Church in Britain (Yale), Times Literary Supplement, 24 June 2011, 8-9

‘Modest Proposals’, review essay on Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub and Other Works, ed. Marcus Walsh (Cambridge) plus three related books, Times Literary Supplement, 7 January 2011, 3-5

‘To Enjoy or Endure: Samuel Johnson’s Message to America’, Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2009, 14-15

‘Cough up: Henry Fielding’, review essay on Henry Fielding, Plays, Volume II, 1732-1734, ed. Thomas Lockwood, and Fielding, The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon, Shamela, and Occasional Writings, ed. Martin C. Battestin (Oxford), London Review of Books (20 November 2008), 32-3

‘Rogering in Merryland: the Unspeakable Edmund Curll’, review essay on Paul Baines and Pat Rogers, Edmund Curll, Bookseller (Oxford), London Review of Books (13 December 2007), 32-3

‘Don’t kill me this morning’, review essay on Ros Ballaster, Fabulous Orients: Fictions of the East in England, 1662-1785 (Oxford), Times Literary Supplement (24 March 2006), 24-5

‘Protean prevaricator’, review essay on The Poems of John Dryden, Vols 3 (1686-1693) and 4 (1693- 1696), eds Paul Hammond and David Hopkins (Longman) and Steven N. Zwicker (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to John Dryden (Cambridge), Times Literary Supplement (23 July 2004), 5-7

‘On not not meaning it’, review essay on Claude Rawson, God, Gulliver, and Genocide: Barbarism and the European Imagination, 1492-1945 (Oxford), Times Literary Supplement (19 October 2001), 12-13