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In September 2019, Thomas Cook filed for compulsory liquidation, leaving 600,000 customers stranded abroad. It was a sorry end to…

The bizarre history of London’s private members’ clubs

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At the height of the IRA’s terrorist campaign on mainland Britain in December 1974, a bomb was lobbed through the…

Propaganda from the Russian Front: The People Immortal, by Vasily Grossman, reviewed

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On its posthumous publication in 1980, Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate was widely compared with War and Peace. For all…

How Alice Prin conquered bohemian Paris

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This book is about two people who reinvented themselves in 1920s Paris. Mark Braude focuses on Kiki de Montparnasse and…

Three men on a pilgrimage: Haven, by Emma Donoghue, reviewed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

I used to envy Catholic novelists – Graham Greene, Muriel Spark, François Mauriac – as having that extra point of…

We do love to be beside the seaside

13 August 2022 9:00 am

In the garden of my house in Cornwall there is a smooth granite stone about the size and shape of…

Fleeing paradise: eden, by Jim Crace, reviewed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Since announcing his retirement in 2013, Jim Crace has had more comebacks than Kanye West, something for which we should…

It’s thrilling to learn that the rebellious Urien actually existed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Once, when we shared the same history teacher in our teens, my older brother Dominic handed in an essay about…

More stirring stories of little ships

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‘I found this story by accident,’ begins Julia Jones’s Uncommon Courage, referring to documents belonging to her late father that…

The invisible man: The Glass Pearls, by Emeric Pressburger, reviewed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Not all Germans were swayed by Hitler, but the majority were. Karl Braun, the fugitive Nazi doctor at the heart…

Slavoj Zizek: the philosopher who annoys all the right people

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Slavoj Zizek is a Slovenian graphomaniac who infuriates some of the world’s most annoying people, and might for this reason…

What exactly do we mean by the mind?

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Given the ingenuity of machine-makers, said Descartes in the 17th century, machines might well be constructed that exactly resemble humans.…

The amazing grace of Bruce Lee’s fight scenes

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Early on in Enter the Dragon our hero, the acrobatic Kung Fu fighter Bruce Lee, tells a young pupil to…

A post-racial world: The Last White Man, by Mohsin Hamid, reviewed

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Mohsin Hamid’s fifth novel opens with a Kafkaesque twist: Anders, a white man, wakes to find that he has turned…

Has Cuba’s revolution finally fizzled out?

6 August 2022 9:00 am

In 1968, the US anthropologist Oscar Lewis arrived in Cuba with a tape recorder and a mission to capture the…

Close to extinction: Venomous Lumpsucker, by Ned Beauman, reviewed

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Ned Beauman’s novels are like strange attractors for words with the letter ‘Z’. They zip, zing, fizz, dazzle and sizzle.…

Russian escapism: Telluria, by Vladimir Sorokin, reviewed

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Vladimir Sorokin, old enough to have been banned in the Soviet Union, flourished in the post-Gorbachev spring, and he fled…

A gay journey of self-discovery

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Seán Hewitt, born in 1990, realised that he was gay at a very early age. ‘A kind, large woman’ who…

Solving the mystery of mass almost ruined Peter Higgs’s life

6 August 2022 9:00 am

In 1993 William Waldegrave, the science minister, was looking into a project being planned on the continent. Cern, the European…

In praise of burning pianos

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How are non-conformists assimilated within the cloistered walls of tradition? Richard Wagner supplied the best answer to the age-old question…

Must we now despise colonial architecture too?

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Here’s a thing. A disturbing book about disturbing cities. And it’s full of loaded questions. Like Hezbollah, the publisher uses…

A poet finds home in a patch of nettles

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Towards the end of a long relationship – ‘resolved to have a conversation about the Future, which meant Separating’ –…

These polemics against Brexit both fall into the same trap

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It is good for historians to take the plungeinto political writing, using their knowledgewhere they can to illuminate our present…

The poet and the polymath: two 16th-century Portuguese travellers

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In 1866, Dante Gabriel Rossetti visited a London print shop to buy a large canvas of a Renaissance street. He…

Who planned Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson’s murder?

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Until very recently, political assassination was a mercifully uncommon occurrence in British politics, though that has changed. Previously when such…