Frank Lawton

The many Jesus-like figures of the ancient world

9 March 2024 9:00 am

Early Christianity positively welcomed comparisons between Jesus and Socrates, Asclepius, Emperor Vespasian and Apollonius of Tyana, according to Catherine Nixey

Religion provides the rhythm

9 December 2023 9:00 am

From the Gospel journeys of Aretha Franklin to the late-life monasticism of Leonard Cohen, the great musical artists of the 20th century were often quasi-religious figures

Growing old disgracefully

25 March 2023 9:00 am

Five women in their nineties dine together monthly, keeping loneliness at bay with gossip, advice and reminiscence

The art of art restoration

28 January 2023 9:00 am

Frank Lawton talks to Maurizio De Luca, former chief restorer at the Vatican, about the pitfalls of his profession

Magic and medicine: The Barefoot Doctor, by Can Xue, reviewed

26 November 2022 9:00 am

Mrs Yi is a folk healer in a remote Chinese village where the living commune with the dead and rocks relay warning messages

Piloting a Boeing Dreamliner can be less than dreamy

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Mark Vanhoenacker dreams of my nightmares. Ever since he was a young boy, he fantasised about piloting airplanes. Ever since…

Thoroughly modern Marie: Matrix, by Lauren Groff, reviewed

25 September 2021 9:00 am

It is 1158. A 17-year-old girl, born of both rape and royal blood, is cast out of the French court…

The end of capitalism has been just around the corner for centuries

13 June 2020 9:00 am

These days the world seems to end with staggering regularity. From the financial crisis to Brexit to Trump to a…

Ben Lerner’s much hyped latest novel reads like an audit of contemporary grievances

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Things keep recurring in the novels of Ben Lerner — snatches of conversation, lines of poetry, Lerner himself. But in…

Jerusalem’s libraries contain priceless treasures — but almost no one gets to see them

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The bearded figure clad in white robes and wandering barefoot through the streets of Jerusalem is not, in fact, the…

Nina Stibbe. Credit: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi

Further adventures of a dysfunctional family: Reasons to be Cheerful, by Nina Stibbe, reviewed

23 March 2019 9:00 am

My ex-dentist resembled a potato wearing a Patek Phillipe. In those precious moments between the golf course and the cruise…