Lead book review

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…

1968 and the summer of our discontent

April 5, 2018 10:52 am

’68 will do as shorthand. Most of ’68, as it were, didn’t happen in 1968. It was, at most, the…

Napoleon’s dazzling victories invited a devastating backlash

March 8, 2018 9:00 am

On 20 July 1805, just three months before the battle of Trafalgar destroyed a combined French and Spanish fleet, the…