Thomas W. Hodgkinson

The most shocking sight in ancient Greece: men in trousers

12 May 2018 9:00 am

In his robust new biography of Alcibiades, David Stuttard describes how the mercurial Greek general shocked his contemporaries by adopting…

I’m in danger of becoming a flat-mind bore

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Reading The Mind is Flat is like watching The Truman Show and realising, while you’re watching it, that you are…

Demonised by history

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Some oleaginous interviewer once suggested to Winston Churchill that he was the greatest Briton who ever lived. The grand old…

The Emperor Constantine renames Byzantium

Christianity triumphant – and destructive

16 September 2017 9:00 am

In the late years of Empire, and early days of Christianity, there were monks who didn’t wash for fear of…

Tom Brown’s School Days, illustrated by Solomon van Abbe

Sink or swim

17 June 2017 9:00 am

I used to worry that I would never be a good writer because my childhood wasn’t interesting enough. I now…

Dark and graphic

10 December 2016 9:00 am

A woman birthing bloated speckled eggs from her supernaturally swollen womb. Sushi screaming and squirming. A skull-shaped sweet, bearing the…