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The brilliance of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan

July 30, 2020 12:38 pm

It answers 400 years of history in just three words


Will the universe end with a bang or a bounce?

July 30, 2020 12:27 pm

The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack reviewed


The world’s largest, rarest owl is used for target practice in Siberia

July 30, 2020 12:03 pm

Owls of the Eastern Ice: The Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght reviewed


Burke’s work

July 28, 2020 12:33 pm

Edmund Burke on the market and the limits of commerce

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Cormac McCarthy, brutal but brilliant

July 25, 2020 2:31 pm

The harshness and hope of an American master

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Good memoir-writing should be self-critical

July 23, 2020 8:49 am

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum reviewed


R.B. Haldane: a great public servant, much maligned

July 23, 2020 8:33 am

Haldane: The Forgotten Statesman Who Shaped Modern Britain and Canada by John Campbell reviewed

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If you spent a day at Action Park you took your life in your hands

July 23, 2020 8:19 am

Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides and the Untold Story of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park by Andy Mulvihill reviewed

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Finally: Diamond and Silk are releasing a book

July 20, 2020 4:47 pm

Prepare for American conservatism to be redefined

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The truth according to social justice

July 18, 2020 2:31 pm

How the progressive left aligned itself with postmodernism


Literarily a love affair

July 17, 2020 2:27 pm

Helene Hanff is no dry old blue-stocking: A Slightly Foxed books essay


Where are the scents of yesterday? Entire countries have lost their distinctive smell

July 16, 2020 3:58 pm

Smells: A Cultural History of Odours in Early Modern Times and Smellosophy: What the Nose Tells the Mind reviewed


The West’s industrial-sized chicken farms could be as dangerous as any wet market

July 16, 2020 3:28 pm

Chicken: A History from Farmyard to Factory by Paul R. Josephson reviewed

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Dark secrets

July 16, 2020 2:47 pm

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett reviewed


Young Hamlet

July 13, 2020 11:50 am

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell reviewed


Saying yes slowly is what’s hampering progress today

July 10, 2020 2:37 pm

How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom by Matt Ridley reviewed


The Sixties vibe

July 10, 2020 2:32 pm

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell reviewed

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Tom Holland on Christianity’s enduring influence

July 10, 2020 2:10 pm

Is secularism Christianity by other means?

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Who funds #NeverTrump?

July 10, 2020 1:47 pm

An exclusive excerpt from Disloyal Opposition


Bad science exposed

July 10, 2020 1:13 pm

Science Fictions: Exposing Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype in Science by Stuart Ritchie reviewed

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How are the mighty fallen

July 10, 2020 12:28 pm

The Life and Death of Ancient Cities: A Natural History by Greg Woolf reviewed

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A time to keep silence

July 6, 2020 10:03 am

A History of Solitude by David Vincent reviewed

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What did Ghislaine Maxwell want?

July 6, 2020 6:38 am

In Jeffrey Epstein, she found a man who shared many characteristics with her late father

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Foreign fields: short classic translations

July 2, 2020 11:46 am

A wide range of authors includes Colette, Italo Calvino, Clarice Lispector, Natalia Ginzburg and Tove Jansson

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Don’t play a game you can’t win

July 1, 2020 11:21 pm

What is being demanded of us by the ‘anti-racism’ professors and others is a racialist hell of a fresh kind