Conning the booktrade connoisseurs

16 March 2024 9:00 am

Fuelled by loathing and resentment, Thomas James Wise set about defrauding as many privileged bibliophiles as he could – only to be rumbled by two of their number

Where is Ruja Ignatova, the self-styled cryptoqueen, hiding?

2 July 2022 9:00 am

This is a depressing book. It’s a reminder of everything that is sick, broken and generally maledicted about the human…

Letters: Banning Russia’s culture only benefits Putin

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Don’t ban Russia’s culture Sir: It is uncouth, illiterate and actually beneficial to Putin when theatres, opera houses and other…

Fraud victim? Don’t bank on getting your money back

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Why won’t banks help fraud victims like my daughter?

The fall guy: Tom Hayes, Libor and a miscarriage of justice

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Tom Hayes, Libor and a miscarriage of justice

Horrifying but gripping: Netflix's The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman reviewed

5 February 2022 9:00 am

It’s 1993 and you’re studying at a top agricultural college with a bright future ahead of you, perhaps in farming…

Glasgow gangsters: 1979, by Val McDermid, reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Like a basking shark, Val McDermid once remarked, a crime series needs to keep moving or die. The same could…

W.G. Sebald’s borrowed truths and barefaced lies

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Why did W.G. Sebald risk his reputation by telling such strange, repeated lies, wonders Lucasta Miller

The disappearing man: who was the real John Stonehouse?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Craig Brown describes his various encounters with the MP who notoriously faked his own death in 1974

Is any song more lucrative than ‘Happy Birthday’?

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Last orders The new tier restrictions have made life difficult for pubs. How many are closed? — According to the…

A 13th-century guide to fraud and skulduggery

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Eight centuries ago in Turkey, at a gathering of intellectuals, a Muslim sultan insisted that one of his courtiers write…

The UK isn't taking the risk of contact tracing fraud seriously

3 June 2020 12:17 am

Experts have a get-out clause of which politicians can only dream when they are speaking from the podium at press briefings.…

Why does someone keep sending me furniture?

16 November 2019 9:00 am

When a new vacuum cleaner was delivered to my house last week I assumed it was a belated birthday present…

Internet scammers can fool anyone – including me

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Please don’t suppose I’m unaware I’ve been an idiot. I recount what happened to me last week without expecting your…

TalkTalk shows us the internet is only three clicks from anarchy

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I’m not a customer of TalkTalk, the phone company which revealed last week that a hacker had potentially compromised the…

The dining car of the London to Liverpool express — back when croutons were still served with the soup

Sexual assault, chamber-pot etiquette, and other problems of early rail travel

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Simon Bradley dates the demise of the on-board meal service to 1962, when Pullman services no longer offered croutons with…

There’s only one sane way David Cameron can meet the foreign aid target

30 May 2015 9:00 am

In this week’s Queen’s Speech, the government promised as usual to cut red tape for businesses. But David Cameron is…

My new plan: let’s pay people benefits for not moving here

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Yet another exciting discovery from the world of Islamic science. As you are probably aware, Islamic culture has always paid…

The low sculduggery of high Victorian finance

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The whole idea of capitalism, according to Enlightenment philosophers, was that it created a positive spiral of moral behaviour. ‘Concern…

The internet is broken – and we can no longer do without it

14 June 2014 8:00 am

‘The internet is broken,’ a corporate chieftain told me last week. It was an arresting remark, but he did not…