Sara Wheeler

Graffiti outside the American University of Cairo reads ‘Revolution’ (December 2011)

The revolution that went up in smoke

22 August 2015 9:00 am

‘Every day’, writes the foreign correspondent Wendell Steavenson in this account of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, ‘see-sawed between joy and…

Rabdentse, near Pelling, the ruined former capital of Sikkim, with Mount Kanchenjunga in the distance

The story of Sikkim’s last king and queen reads like a fairy tale gone wrong

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Sikkim was a Himalayan kingdom a third of the size of Wales squeezed between China, India, Nepal and Bhutan. I…

‘Jeddah from the sea’— sketch by Thomas Machell in one of his journals

A Victorian sailor is the new love of my life

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Jenny Balfour Paul is an indigo dye expert. She has written two books on the subject, and lectures around the…


Dreaming of a golden future: there will always be people willing to sacrifice all in the pursuit of gold

11 April 2015 9:00 am

In 2008, the price of gold lofted above $1,000 an ounce for the first time in history, inspiring a rush…

USS Jeanette Photo: Getty

The greatest American Arctic disaster

7 February 2015 9:00 am

In the course of the 19th century, various flotillas of expeditions hastened to the polar regions in little wooden ships…


A paralysed landscape

10 March 2012 11:00 am

‘Very, very, very sexy’, a field-researcher scratches in his Antarctic notebook. He is describing a meteorite the size of a…

A new world in the making

20 August 2011 12:00 am

Alexis de Tocqueville is a prophet for all seasons, continually reinterpreted as the zeitgeist shifts.


Way out west

21 August 2010 12:00 am

This year America celebrates the cent-enary of Mark Twain’s death.

The iceman cometh

3 September 2008 12:00 am

True North: Travels in Arctic Europe, by Gavin Francis


Lust in a hot climate

7 May 2008 12:00 am

Sara Wheeler on Frances Osborne's biography of Idina Sackville

The year of the rat

22 January 2005 12:00 am

‘Ah,’ Robert Sullivan exclaims in this artful book, ‘the excitement, the nail-biting and palpably semi-wild thrill of ratting in the…

Serving Christ and colonialism

29 March 2003 12:00 am

Fergus Fleming is the author of three volumes of narrative history, the best of which, Barrow’s Boys, gives a rollicking…