british 20th-century history

Looking on the bright side

7 October 2023 9:00 am

The Rochdale lass who sang her way from music hall to the silver screen encouraged a spirit of resilience and community in the interwar years, says Simon Heffer

How much does Britain still ‘love’ the NHS?

2 September 2023 9:00 am

Three books examining the health service in its 75th year find it at its nadir today – with 500 people dying weekly due to delays in urgent and emergency care

The pacifists of the 1930s deserve greater understanding

7 May 2022 9:00 am

As I’ve occasionally come to think is the case with The Spectator, this book is perhaps best begun at the…