Lead book review

Dolly Parton represents all that’s best about America

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Dolly Parton is the living embodiment of America’s best values, says Philip Hensher

The life and loves of Mary Wollstonecraft

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Ruth Scurr reveals what an impulsive, life-loving individual Mary Wollstonecraft was

Will we soon see the end of conservatism as we know it?

19 December 2020 9:00 am

The future of conservatism depends crucially on its ability to withstand the new hard right, says William Hague

The tug of war over the Rosetta Stone

12 December 2020 9:00 am

The decipherment of the Rosetta Stone led to bitter feuding – but there was mutual curiosity and collaboration too, says Elizabeth Frood

Roy Strong’s towering egotism is really rather engaging

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Stephen Bayley recalls his (mainly enjoyable) encounters with the flamboyant former museum director

Barack Obama was decidedly a man of action as well as words

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Barack Obama was famous for his rhetoric, but his achievements show just what a steely political operator he was too, says Sam Leith

Harold Bloom finally betrays how little he really understood literature

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Harold Bloom devoted his life to literature – but he had little feeling for words, says Philip Hensher

Books of the Year II — chosen by our regular reviewers

14 November 2020 9:00 am

David Crane If nothing else, this has been a good time for catch-up. Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest (translated by Walter…

Books of the year, chosen by our regular reviewers

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Reviewers choose the books they have most enjoyed in 2020 – and a few that have disappointed them

The humble biscuit has a noble history

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Prue Leith traces the biscuit’s surprisingly colourful history

Tom Bower pulls his punches with his life of Boris Johnson

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The Prime Minister may have lost his bounce –but perhaps that’s no bad thing, says Lynn Barber

Behind the veil of secrecy: GCHQ emerges from the shadows

17 October 2020 9:00 am

The brilliance of GCHQ can now be recognised – and about time too, says Sinclair McKay

De Profundis: the agony of filming Oscar Wilde’s last years

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Philip Hensher admires a witty account of the horrors of modern film-making

Written in blood or bound in human skin: the world’s weirdest books

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Dennis Duncan enjoys some of the world’s most bizarre books

Ladies’ man: Tom Stoppard’s love life revealed

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Tom Stoppard is a non-stop genius of jokes – but many of them make his latest biographer uneasy, says Craig Raine

City of dazzling mosaics: the golden age of Ravenna

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Ian Thomson describes Ravenna’s golden age, when classical Rome, Byzantium and Christianity met

Hitler’s admiration has severely damaged Wagner’s reputation

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Wagner gripped the communal mind for decades after his death. Philip Hensher examines his enduring influence

The paradox of Graham Greene – searching for peace in the world’s warzones

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Graham Greene was constantly searching for peace of mind along with escapist thrills, says Nicholas Shakespeare

Toussaint Louverture: the true hero of Haiti

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Toussaint Louverture’s ‘crazy dream’ for Haiti has still to be realised, says Amy Wilentz

Sport, for the English, has always been a defiant assertion of liberty

22 August 2020 9:00 am

The history of English sport reflects a defiant people determined to protect their ancient prerogatives, says Alex Massie

The Big Tech firms are dividing the world between them

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Cory Doctorow on the vast, impersonal forces manipulating our lives

The heroic couple who defied Hitler

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Philippe Sands on the heroic couple who defied Hitler and paid the ultimate price

Will the universe end with a bang or a bounce?

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Alexander Masters speculates on how the universe will end

We should learn to love sharks, not demonise them

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Sharks may inspire fear and loathing, but we are the crueller predators, says Philip Hoare

Where are the scents of yesterday? Entire countries have lost their distinctive smell

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Michael Bywater wonders why the existence of smell still seems such a guilty secret