From Tom Brown’s School Days, illustrated by Thomas Hughes

How the public schools survived

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The public schools ought to have gone out of business long ago. The Education Act of 1944, which promised ‘state-aided…


Malala's voice is defiant — but how much can she change Pakistan? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

In 2012 a Taleban gunman, infuriated by Malala Yousafzai’s frequent television appearances insisting that girls had a right to education,…

Fatal impact theory 

3 March 2012 10:00 am

As schools are for education, so universities are for higher education. In a civilised society, children should leave school literate,…


Mavericks need not apply

31 December 2011 10:00 am

Philip Hensher gives a critical insider’s view of the Creative Writing industry


School days

1 June 2010 8:38 am

There it is: Winder, one of the most imposing peaks across all the Howgill Fells.


On our shoulders

17 February 2010 12:00 am

Our politics is such a shallow game that any senior British politician who has read a book is apt to be considered cerebral, and if he has read two, feted as an original thinker.

Raymond Carr at 90

13 May 2009 12:00 am

Dons don’t usually appear to much advantage in fiction.

Tales out of school

15 April 2009 12:00 am

The Old Boys’ Network, by John Rae

In a class of his own

7 April 2009 12:00 am

Maurice Bowra: A Life, by Leslie Mitchell


Heroes and villains

4 March 2009 12:00 am

The Spice of Life, by John Jolliffe

The true Stoic

4 February 2009 12:00 am

Stowe: The History of a Public School, 1923-1989, by Brian Rees