Books

Letters

23 March 2017 3:00 pm

Speaking for Scotland Sir: I wonder if it is wise of Charles Moore (Notes, 18 March) to assume — as……

Red dawn: Lenin demands revolution, April 1917

Up the revolution!

23 March 2017 3:00 pm

From ‘The Russian revolution’, 24 March 1917: Even now, though the Revolution is young, the Russians have proved that they are fit……

Juncker is now the hardest Brexiter there is

23 March 2017 3:00 pm

The best thing about being a Remainer is obviously the dinner parties, where we all sit around being incredibly well-heeled……

Barometer

23 March 2017 3:00 pm

Princes among men British DJ Mark Dezzani was hoping to be elected prince of Seborga, a self-proclaimed independent state in……

Google still needs to try a lot harder to do the right thing

23 March 2017 3:00 pm

Shortly before agreeing, early last year, to pay token back taxes on a decade’s worth of UK-generated profits, Google also……

‘The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales’ by Daphne Pollen. The two foreground figures are Margaret Clitheroe and Nicholas Owen, the priest-hole maker. Behind Margaret Clitheroe, with arms crossed, is Edmund Campion. Philip Howard, 1st Earl of Arundel, is in doublet and hose beside the greyhounda

Reason and faith

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Roy Hattersley would never have been born had it not been that his mother ran away with the parish priest…

The brisk, implacable Sir Maurice Hankey (second from right) stands between Ramsay Macdonald and Franz von Papen at the Reparations Conference in Lausanne in 1932

Secrets of the secretaries

18 March 2017 9:00 am

The minister’s private secretary wrote to another cabinet minister about the previous day’s cabinet meeting: They cannot agree about what…

‘The Ladder of Divine Ascent’, 12th century, from St Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai, Egypt. (This image and one below from Chromaphilia, by Stella Paul). akg-images/Erich Lessing

The mysteries of colour

18 March 2017 9:00 am

When Australia imposed generic packaging in its war on cigarettes, there was consumer research into the most deterrent colour. Pantone…

Forbidden love and the beautiful game

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Nowadays, most of us living in the liberal West agree that there can never be anything morally wrong with love…

The magnificent Clifden Nonpareil — or Blue Underwing — faced extinction as a breeding species in Britain. There are now at least four colonies thriving in Sussex

Speckled Footman and Maiden’s Blush

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Last year, I attempted to pass through security in an American airport carrying a small black box, containing eight batteries…

Comfort the suffering

11 March 2017 9:00 am

If a single book could help you to be kinder and more compassionate, could expand and deepen your understanding of…

A mother and child, refugees from Raqqa, wait to cross into Turkey in September 2014

Descent into hell

11 March 2017 9:00 am

In my work as a reviewer, a small, steady proportion of all the books publishers send me concern the Holocaust.…

Father, son and holy ghost

11 March 2017 9:00 am

No disrespect to any of the present incumbents, but Karl Miller (1931–2014) was a literary editor in an age when…

Nothing matters very much

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Nothing will come of nothing, said Lear, because he wasn’t familiar with quantum physics. According to our current best theories,…

Paris-born Pearl Witherington led a force of over 1,500 maquisards in the summer of 1944

Carve their names with pride

11 March 2017 9:00 am

‘Women,’ Captain Selwyn Jepson, SOE’s senior recruiting officer, once wrote, ‘have a far greater capacity for cool and lonely courage…

Night of the living dead

11 March 2017 9:00 am

On 5 February 1862, the night Abraham Lincoln and his wife gave a lavish reception in the White House, with…

Portrait of Persia’s Prince Abbas Mirza, c.1820. From his bailiwick near the Russian border he dispatched educational missions to Europe, sponsored translations of key European works and imported metal casting techniques and the printing press. (Getty images)

Light in the East

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Christopher de Bellaigue, a journalist who has spent much of his working life in the Middle East, has grown tired…

Watercolour sketch of Jane Carlyle by Karl Hartmann (1850)

Back with a vengeance

11 March 2017 9:00 am

One hour in No. 5 Cheyne Row, Virginia Woolf observed, will tell you more about the Carlyles than all the…

Father, son and holy ghost

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

No disrespect to any of the present incumbents, but Karl Miller (1931–2014) was a literary editor in an age when…

Portrait of Persia’s Prince Abbas Mirza, c.1820. From his bailiwick near the Russian border he dispatched educational missions to Europe, sponsored translations of key European works and imported metal casting techniques and the printing press. (Getty images)

Light in the East

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

Christopher de Bellaigue, a journalist who has spent much of his working life in the Middle East, has grown tired…

Nothing matters very much

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

Nothing will come of nothing, said Lear, because he wasn’t familiar with quantum physics. According to our current best theories,…

A mother and child, refugees from Raqqa, wait to cross into Turkey in September 2014

Descent into hell

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

In my work as a reviewer, a small, steady proportion of all the books publishers send me concern the Holocaust.…

Paris-born Pearl Witherington led a force of over 1,500 maquisards in the summer of 1944

Carve their names with pride

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

‘Women,’ Captain Selwyn Jepson, SOE’s senior recruiting officer, once wrote, ‘have a far greater capacity for cool and lonely courage…

Watercolour sketch of Jane Carlyle by Karl Hartmann (1850)

Back with a vengeance

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

One hour in No. 5 Cheyne Row, Virginia Woolf observed, will tell you more about the Carlyles than all the…

Night of the living dead

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

On 5 February 1862, the night Abraham Lincoln and his wife gave a lavish reception in the White House, with…