Joanna Kavenna

Aleister Crowley (Getty).

K2’s fatal attraction

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Take one drug-addled occultist, one forlorn aristocrat, an assortment of urgent colonials and you have, no, not the western canon…

A book about the ordinary nothings that, in the end, are everything

15 November 2014 9:00 am

We live in a world in which nuance is trampled on and cannot survive. Is that true? I don’t know.…

Shackleton’s ship the Nimrod in the ice at McMurdo Sound

Flawed, unproductive and heroic: the real Ernest Shackleton

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Polar explorers are often cast as mavericks, and this is hardly surprising. The profession requires a disdain for pseudo-orthodoxies and,…

In the steppes of a warlord

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Joanna Kavenna is impressed by one man’s 6,000-mile ride through some of the loneliest regions on earth

After the war — apocalypse

19 October 2013 9:00 am

On 12 April 1945 the Berlin Philharmonic gave its last performance. The atmosphere in Germany was apocalyptic, the Allied invasion…

Niccolo Machiavelli, by Corrado Vivanti; The Garments of Court and Palace, by Philip Bobbitt

27 July 2013 9:00 am

One more anniversary, one more cache of commemorative books. This time we are celebrating the half-millennium since Niccolò Machiavelli produced…

The Long Shadow, by Mark Mills - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Mark Mills is known for his historical and literary crime novels, including The Savage Garden, The Information Officer and House…