plague

The polarising power of plague

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Now that the government has kindly allowed us to go out again, I wonder if anyone has discovered the same…

What happens next? Gauging the fallout from the pandemic

5 June 2021 9:00 am

What just happened? Some 15 months after the pandemic first struck, it’s still horribly unclear, which is perhaps why there…

A phoenix from the ashes: 17th-century London reborn

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Tragically, the current pandemic lends this sparkling study of London in its most decisive century a grim topicality — for…

Why people have sex in graveyards

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The oldest churchyard in Torquay is being used by people openly having sex and sunbathing nude in broad daylight. This…

And end to decent dying

6 June 2020 9:00 am

From 22 March 1986: They used to say that war is the ruin of serious soldiering. Too much disorder, too…

A ‘loneliness pandemic’ could prove as dangerous as coronavirus

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Adrian Woolfson explains the essence of pandemics – and how we can expect many more of them

Lessons from the plague village that isolated from the world

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Locked contentedly into the rhythms of farming life and digging for lead on its Derbyshire Peak District slopes, the village…

His son’s death may have inspired some of Shakespeare’s greatest lines, but he never recovered from the loss

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Maggie O’Farrell is much possessed by death. Her first novel, After You’d Gone (2000), chronicled the inner life of a…

War and plague have menaced theatres before, but rarely on this scale

28 March 2020 9:00 am

War and plague have menaced theatres before, but rarely on this scale, says Lloyd Evans

Nature fights back with tooth and claw as we persist in destroying it

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Where to turn in anxious and febrile times? One answer is to nature, or the ‘non-human living world’, which, despite…

civilization costs debate

Consider the costs

22 March 2020 9:33 pm

Less than 24 hours after California governor Gavin Newsom closed ‘non-essential’ businesses and ordered Californians to stay inside to avoid…

In the pink: Luke MacGregor as Edward Cooper in Eyam at Shakespeare’s Globe

The Old Vic’s Sylvia may be the new Les Mis

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Sylvia, the Old Vic’s musical about the Pankhurst clan, has had a troubled nativity. Illness struck the cast during rehearsals.…

The real reason for the fall of Rome? Climate change

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? It’s a question that’s been puzzling writers ever since Edward Gibbon wrote The History…

Love rats

9 September 2017 9:00 am

 Paris A rat’s not called a rat for nothing, and — as we are repeatedly told — we are never…

A jaunty romp of rape and pillage through the 16th century

11 October 2014 9:00 am

The Brethren, by Robert Merle, who died at the age of 95 ten years ago, was originally published in 1977,…