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As disasters go, 9/11 is now much less of a problem for the world than 9/15. There are no widespread…

22 Sep 2018

Dispatches from the conservative frontline

In early 2017, as feminists in pink pussy hats marched in shocked outrage at the election of President Trump, a…

22 Sep 2018

Revenge of the Queen Bees

Three girls in school tunics and battered hats are firing a machine gun in the quad. ‘Girls, girls, a little…

22 Sep 2018

The war of the world

To properly understand the trend of world political events in recent years, it is essential to appreciate that a titanic…

22 Sep 2018

Aux bien pensants

You can’t walk on both sides of the street, PM If the Coalition were to go to the general election…

22 Sep 2018

Stolen land? Tell that to the Berbers

Last month, Greens Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi spoke some of the most misguided and divisive words heard in parliament in…

15 Sep 2018

Upsetting Maggie

I had certainly not intended to upset Margaret Thatcher when I joined the Times in 1987 but when we met…

15 Sep 2018

Sovereignty is sacred

Increasingly, many if not most Australian, British, American and other Western politicians have been imposing policies the people would never…

15 Sep 2018

Kate Morton

She was born in a small town in South Australia, later grew up on Tamborine Mountain and, when aged barely…

22 Sep 2018

Evita and Che

‘The people adore me/ So, Christian Dior me’ is just one of the many witty and pointed couplets written by…

15 Sep 2018

Michael Fabiano

There will be a lot going on at Opera Australia in 2019 with arguably the most interesting repertoire for a…

8 Sep 2018

Richard Tognetti

Going from strength to strength, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s recently announced 2019 Season shows no flagging of inspiration or ambition.…

1 Sep 2018

An audience with the Pope

Perception and reality, truth and falsehood, black and white; nowadays the salivating chattering classes don’t know their arse from a…

22 Sep 2018

A foretaste of Frexit

Moving day. The contents of a hillside shack to be moved four miles to a cave house perched high on…

22 Sep 2018

Why my lodger has to be a girl

The little lodger is moving in. I chose her after an exhaustive search of twentysomethings looking for accommodation, during which…

22 Sep 2018

Is there a limit to what the human body can do?

Has the world gone mad? There’s Beauden Barrett, the world’s best stand-off, and rugby player of the year seemingly by…

22 Sep 2018

Helen Parr’s intimate portrait of the Parachute Regiment – Our Boys – captures the essence of modern Britain

On the night of 13 June 1982, Dave Parr was hit by shellfire on Wireless Ridge. He was 19, a…

22 Sep 2018

The history of Britain’s secret war on Napoleon is astonishing, inspiring and disturbing

Laws and sausages, we know, are better not seen in the making; and neither are ‘black ops’. Waterloo may have…

22 Sep 2018

Good first novels without ends leave one wanting more

Novels today do not want to be done. Thank Anthony Burgess and John Fowles for this, most immediately, but alternate…

22 Sep 2018

Two legal big hitters consider the appropriate distribution of governmental power in Britain

Sir Stephen Sedley read English at Cambridge and Lord Dyson Classics at Oxford. Both switched to law and achieved high…

22 Sep 2018

Julie Burchill is bored by Robin Green’s account of her time at Rolling Stone – and says hippies still stink

The last time I saw a copy of the New Musical Express — the ferociously influential 1970s pop paper which…

22 Sep 2018

Two new books explore the triumphs and tribulations of an underrated king – Henry II

Poor old Henry II: once fêted as one of England’s greatest kings, he has long been neglected. Accessible books on…

22 Sep 2018

Humans are animals, and our extinction is inevitable – but we’re still pretty amazing

Ever since enlivenment of the primordial blob, before thoughts were first verbalised, all nature has always been motivated by a…

22 Sep 2018

Pat Barker travels to Troy, but finds herself diverted somewhere outside Ypres

Sing muse, begins The Iliad, of the wrath of Achilles. We are dropped straight into the tenth year of the…

22 Sep 2018

Kate Atkinson’s new novel Transcription asks us how carefully we are paying attention

Transcription, Kate Atkinson’s 11th novel, sees her returning to the detective fiction she honed in her series about Jackson Brodie,…

22 Sep 2018

My grandmother’s perfect pub – a memoir by Laura Thompson

As an emigrant from Scotland, I was taken aback by the weird foreignness of the south of England. Some of…

22 Sep 2018

Paul Ewen’s Francis Plug is the saviour of comic fiction

Such was the perceived low standard of the 62 books recently submitted for the 2018 Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction,…

22 Sep 2018

Handel’s greatest hits — the glorious London decades

England has been home to three great composer-entrepreneurs since 1700: Benjamin Britten in the 20th century; Arthur Sullivan in the…

15 Sep 2018