Lead book review

Hungary is being led once again down a dangerous nationalistic path

January 10, 2019 1:36 pm

Hungary: A Short History by Norman Stone reviewed

How Calouste Gulbenkian became the richest man in the world

January 3, 2019 8:24 am

Mr Five Per Cent: The Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the World’s Richest Man by Jonathan Conlin reviewed

Words to rally and inspire: stirring speeches from Elizabeth I to the present

December 13, 2018 2:38 pm

Speeches of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Orations Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher reviewed

Edward Gorey: master of the macabre

December 6, 2018 1:17 pm

Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery reviewed

The first manifesto of the next neoconservatism

December 5, 2018 11:31 am

The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays by Wesley Yang reviewed

Michelle Obama: ‘I was happy that Barack’s career came first’

November 29, 2018 2:40 pm

Becoming by Michelle Obama reviewed

Hermann the Good German: the mystic life of Hermann Hesse

November 22, 2018 2:58 pm

Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow by Gunnar Decker reviewed

Anthony Powell gets the superb new biography he deserves

November 12, 2018 11:12 am

Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time by Hilary Spurling reviewed

Germaine Greer continues to shock and awe

November 1, 2018 6:01 pm

Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer by Elizabeth Kleinhenz reviewed

A little of Philip Larkin’s letters goes a long way

October 25, 2018 10:48 am

Philip Larkin: Letters Home, 1936–1977 reviewed

Whatever America is searching for, Trump isn’t providing it

October 18, 2018 3:00 pm

Capitalism in America and These Truths reviewed

A generous new biography of the man who saved Britain in its darkest hour

October 4, 2018 7:28 am

Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts reviewed

How scary is dairy?

August 23, 2018 8:14 am

Milk! A 10,000 Year Food Fracas by Mark Kurlansky reviewed

Ménage à quatre with Robert Graves

August 16, 2018 1:12 pm

Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to Good-Bye to All That, 1895–1929 by Jean Moorcroft Wilson reviewed

The perfect guide to a book everyone should read

August 9, 2018 8:32 am

Dantes Divine Comedy by Ian Thomson reviewed.

Adam Smith analysed human behaviour, not economics, says Simon Heffer

July 19, 2018 1:01 pm

Jesse Norman debunks several myths about the founding father of economics.

The spying game: when has espionage changed the course of history?

June 28, 2018 4:33 pm

Andrew’s story is full of intriguing facts and pleasing anecdotes. But he does not quite engage with the broader questions he himself raises.

The short step from good manners to lofty imperialism

June 21, 2018 1:57 pm

In a world increasingly shaped by encounters with other cultures, the English started to form theories in which their own evolved behaviour resembled the pinnacle of possible civilisation.

The Empty Quarter is a great refuge for lonely hearts

May 31, 2018 7:17 pm

William Atkins uncovers the many guises of the desert with much imagination, insight and wit.

The sacred chickens that ruled the roost in ancient Rome

May 28, 2018 4:49 pm

Birds in the Ancient World is a consummation of all of Jeremy Mynott’s accomplishments.

Might LSD be good for you?

May 10, 2018 12:47 pm

When Peregrine Worsthorne was on Desert Island Discs in 1992, he chose as his luxury item a lifetime supply of…

Enduring life under Chairman Mao

May 3, 2018 7:26 pm

Rao Pingru is 94, and a born storyteller. His gripping graphic narrative weaves in and out of the violent, disruptive…

The most bizarre museum heist ever

April 26, 2018 7:31 pm

They don’t look like a natural pair. First there’s the author, Kirk Wallace Johnson, a hero of America’s war in…

Texas: the myriad contradictions of the Lone Star state

April 19, 2018 1:40 pm

The subtitle of Lawrence Wright’s splendid God Save Texas (‘A Journey into the Future of America’) would be alarming if…

The codes and codswallop surrounding Leonardo da Vinci

April 13, 2018 11:59 am

‘If you look at walls soiled with a variety of stains or at stones with variegated patterns,’ Leonardo da Vinci…