Daniel Hahn

The enigma of Enric Marco

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Enric Marco has had a remarkable life. A prominent Catalan union activist, a brave resistance fighter in the Spanish Civil…

Illustration by Arthur Rackham for Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle

Do myths and folklore damage children’s brains?

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Children’s fantasy literature has never been just one thing. Animal fables, folk and fairy tales were not originally intended for…

Nazis in the dock: Hans Frank replies to questioning during the Nuremberg Trials

Genocide is named and shamed

21 May 2016 9:00 am

One of the things Philippe Sands clearly remembers from his grandparents’ Paris apartment — a rather sombre, silent place —…

The works by Quentin Blake are from the Neonatal Unit at Angers Maternity Hospital, France (2012).

Quentin Blake brings comfort and joy

9 April 2016 9:00 am

His professional achievements aside, Quentin Blake’s life has been rather short on biographical event, so this book is not a…

Pyramid texts at Saqqara

The writing on the wall at Saqqara is plain to see

6 February 2016 9:00 am

When the Saqqara pyramids were opened in 1880, the chamber walls were found to be covered in hieroglyphic writings, and…

Henry Coxwell and James Glaisher in their balloon car, studying the moisture content of the atmosphere

The weather: a very British obsession

4 July 2015 9:00 am

As I got into a Brighton taxi this morning, my driver’s first words were ‘apparently it’ll clear in a couple…

Milan Kundera’s fun-free festival

20 June 2015 9:00 am

We begin in Paris with an introduction to five insignificant friends. One (Ramon) is walking past the new Chagall exhibition,…

Reading one book from every country in the world sounds like fun - until you come to North Korea

28 February 2015 9:00 am

One day in 2011, while perusing her bookshelves, Ann Morgan realised her reading habits were (to her surprise) somewhat parochial.…

Europe in 60 languages

15 November 2014 9:00 am

So Basque is an ergative language! Well, I never. I couldn’t have told you that a week ago. I even…