Dr Johnson

Good biographers make the best companions

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Strange, when your own life flatlines, the way in which other lives become suddenly more interesting. I have been retreating…

Oliver Goldsmith: still an enigma

Oliver Goldsmith: the most fascinating bore in literature

7 May 2016 9:00 am

On 10 April 1772, the biographer James Boswell recorded in his diary that he had hugged himself with pleasure on…

When Dr Johnson went to Tahrir Square

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Goodness knows what the Great Cham would have made of Radio 4 airing an adapted version of his philosophical fable,…

A toast to all bottles

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Where two or three British males are gathered together, the agenda often includes a glass or two. One thing can…