Ferdinand Mount

Meg Wolitzer. (Rex Features)

The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer reviewed

2 June 2018 9:00 am

It’s because it’s the land of the loner that the United States is so loved or loathed. Yet to me…

Brian Hodgson finds his vocation in Kathmandu

12 December 2015 9:00 am

It started as a ‘shoke’ — the Anglo-Indian slang word for ‘hobby’. Bored and lonely in Kathmandu, the young Assistant…

The first suicide bomber was probably Samson, who died while pulling down the temple of the Philistines

Religion does not poison everything - everything poisons religion

20 September 2014 9:00 am

It slips so easily off the tongue. In fact, it’s a modern mantra. ‘Religion causes all the wars.’ Karen Armstrong…

Piketty’s decaff Marxism would be just as oppressive and intrusive as the old variety

24 May 2014 9:00 am

If a title works once, the chances are it will work again. Half the punch of Marx’s masterwork is in…

Ferdinand Mount's diary: Supermac was guilty!

25 January 2014 9:00 am

You have to hand it to Supermac. Fifty years after the event, he is still running rings round them. The…

Isaac & Isaiah, by David Caute - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

The scene is the common room of All Souls College, Oxford, in the first week of March 1963. It is…