Carr acted as a reviewer for The Spectator between 1986 and 1993. This is a list of those reviews taken from a search on The Spectator website using Google search. The search engine on the web site of The Spectator itself is terrible: a search on 'J L Carr' doesn't list any reviews, so I may have missed some. I have reproduced one review, about a cricket book, as an example. I have the issues marked with an asterisk. I have found only one review for another publication, The Grauniad. I no longer have access to the archives of The Times and never had access to The Daily Telegraph. If you do, perhaps you would search them for me an send me details of what you find.
Laker's name outlives the man. Cape Summer and the Australians in England by Alan Ross, published by Constable. The Spectator, 10 May, p 38-39.
You behind the beard. William Golding, the man and his books: a tribute on his 75th Birthday edited by John Carey, published by Faber & Faber. The Spectator, 27 September, p 28.
A shadowy destabilising figure. Jottings of a Genius by Dennis Peck, published by The Woodstock Press. The Spectator, 31 January, p 30.
Coming to life in his coffin. Checkov by Henri Troyat, translated by Michael Heim, published by Macmillan. The Spectator, 11 April, p 31-32.
After the ball was over . ..The Book and the Brotherhood by Iris Murdoch, published by Chatto & Windus. The Spectator, 12 September, p 34-35.
Xanadu in Northampton. Penfriends from Porlock by A. N. Wilson, published by Hamish Hamilton. The Spectator, 27 Februaryruary, p 29-30.
The complaints of a violent family. Out of this World by Graham Swift, published by Viking. The Spectator, 12 March, p 29.
Reports from another species. Childhood: an Anthology edited by Penelope Hughes-Hallett, published by Collins. The Spectator, 28 January, p 28-29.*
The mysterious benefactor from Shropshire.The Potter's Field by Ellis Peters, published by Hodder Headline. The Spectator, 7 April, p 37.*
Put it down in writing, Dad.The Maker's Mark by Roy Hattersley, published by Macmillan. The Spectator, 30 June, p 40.*
When the singing has to stop. Jaunting through Ireland by Roy Kerridge, published by Michael Joseph. The Spectator, 23 March, p 37.*
With never a stain, the pavilion of Heaven is bare. By His own Hand: a study of Cricket Suicides by David Frith, published by Stanley Paul. The Spectator, 29 June, p 27.*
You have not delighted us long enough. The Faber Book of Socccer edited by Ian Hamilton, published by Faber. The Spectator 7 March, p 27-28. *
Old fashioned war in Burma. Quartered Safe Out Here by George Macdonald Fraser, published by Harvill. The Spectator 27 June, p 30-31.*
The great Arsenal of democracy. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby, published by Gollancz. The Spectator 31 October, p 40.*
If you go down to the woods today. E.M. Forster: Interviews and Recollections edited by J. H. Snape, published by St Martin's Press. The Spectator 24 April, p 40-41.