A.S.H. Smyth

Why did the Allies dismiss the idea of a German resistance movement?

21 August 2021 9:00 am

In 1928, a modest young lecturer from Wilwaukee, Mildred Harnack, née Fish, arrived in Berlin to begin her PhD in…

A pawn in the Great Game: the sad story of Charles Masson

22 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Everyone knows the Alexandria in Egypt,’ writes Edmund Richardson, ‘but there were over a dozen more Alexandrias scattered across Alexander…

The scholars who solved the riddles in the sands

24 October 2020 9:00 am

In 1835 the first two Egyptian antiquities were registered in the British Museum: a pair of red granite lions from…

How to scale a mountain without leaving home

18 April 2020 9:00 am

How to scale a mountain without leaving home

Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King is certainly no Abyssinian Andy McNab

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

In 1935 the troops of Benito Mussolini’s sinister-clownish Roman Empire II invaded Ethiopia, in large part out of spite for…

The great American trauma in minute detail

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Why, I asked some months back in these pages, do the protagonists in American fiction these days seem so lost?…

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The end of the world is nigh: the latest short stories reviewed

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Only Helen DeWitt would start a book with an epigraph of her own pop-culture mash-up poetry and end with an…

The B-side of The English Patient? Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje, reviewed

9 June 2018 9:00 am

In 1945, on a Putney side street, in a city full of darkness and half in rubble from the Blitz,…

The execution of mutineers by the Bengal Horse Artillery, in a painting by Orlando Norie

Did the reprisals following the Indian mutiny seal Britain’s fate in the subcontinent?

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Many and various are the things one finds in Kentish pubs (I’m told); but few could top the sepoy’s skull…

A master of Norwegian wood

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Ole Thorstensen has been a carpenter for 25 years. A master craftsman, in fact. He is busy working on a…