Does Kim Jong-un deliberately emulate a Bond villain?

August 15, 2019 11:41 am

The Great Successor: The Secret Rise and Rule of Kim Jong-un by Anna Fifield reviewed

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Kevin D. Williamson has a people problem

August 12, 2019 11:17 am

The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics by Kevin D. Williamson reviewed


In praise of the semicolon, a most maligned punctuation mark

August 8, 2019 12:53 pm

Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark by Cecelia Watson reviewed

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Out of sight, out of mind

August 8, 2019 12:10 pm

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa reviewed

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When Tom met Groucho

August 6, 2019 7:37 pm

‘He seemed more interested in discussing Animal Crackers and A Night at the Opera’


Web of deceit: disinformation could prove the most powerful weapon of all

August 1, 2019 3:38 pm

This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality and The Twittering Machine reviewed


Searching in vain for the ‘soul’ of modern Russia

August 1, 2019 3:27 pm

Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age by Sara Wheeler reviewed

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The uneasy legacy of Christopher Hitchens

July 25, 2019 2:21 pm

What will become of the Hitch?


How Klaus Fuchs’s treachery may have averted Armageddon

July 25, 2019 12:00 pm

Trinity: The Treachery and Pursuit of the Most Dangerous Spy in History by Frank Close reviewed

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America’s brutal borstals

July 25, 2019 11:47 am

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead reviewed


Andreï Makine’s new novel is ‘masterful’

July 18, 2019 1:09 pm

The Archipelago of Another Life by Andreï Makine reviewed


The novel Silicon Valley’s tech moguls won’t be amused to read

July 18, 2019 12:55 pm

Zed by Joanna Kavenna reviewed


All of nature in a village in Norfolk

July 18, 2019 12:38 pm

A Claxton Diary: Further Field Notes from a Small Planet by Mark Cocker reviewed

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Star-crossed lovers

July 11, 2019 4:40 pm

Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls reviewed

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Washed up in Istanbul

July 11, 2019 4:21 pm

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak reviewed

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An American in Darwin’s family

July 8, 2019 12:38 pm

The prelude to Period Piece: A Slightly Foxed books essay

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A gas-lit world

July 7, 2019 12:32 pm

Hazel Wood on the Darwin family and Gwen Raverat’s ‘Period Piece’: A Slightly Foxed books essay

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Savagery in the Cape Colony

July 4, 2019 12:06 pm

Red Dog by Willem Anker reviewed

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is not a guidebook for the present day

June 29, 2019 5:01 pm

A powerful totalitarian state is no longer needed to coerce human beings

History is made from ideas — but are ideas becoming history?

June 27, 2019 2:48 pm

Out of Our Minds: A History of What We Think and How We Think by Felipe Fernández-Armesto reviewed

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Getting to grips with rocket science

June 27, 2019 2:39 pm

Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket by Fraser MacDonald and Apollo 11: The Inside Story by David Whitehouse reviewed


Desperate souls

June 27, 2019 2:19 pm

Travelers by Helon Habila reviewed

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Plato, Socrates and Glaucon’s Fate

June 23, 2019 4:22 pm

A new interpretation of the old impulse to tyranny

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How does today’s world compare with Orwell’s nightmare vision?

June 20, 2019 1:28 pm

The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four by Dorian Lynskey reviewed

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An education in love

June 20, 2019 12:09 pm

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert reviewed