Conversation pieces

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Anyone interested in art holidaying in the Lake District this summer — or indeed taking a short break in the…

Crime and punishment

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Just a snippet on an edition of Today last spring taken from the programme that had just won an esteemed…


Making Russia great

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Catherine the Great was born neither a Catherine nor with any prospects of greatness. As Sophie Frederica Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst…


The accidental director

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Harold Pinter and the River Café helped launch the career of Nina Raine, as she explains to Lloyd Evans


Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan

25 August 2012 6:00 am

The twist in Ian McEwan’s latest tale of espionage  and romance will leave you spellbound, says Sam Leith

Alexander Fiske-Harrison enjoys a 'story slam' at the Edinburgh Fringe

25 August 2012 6:00 am

The ‘story slam’, imported from Chicago, is the latest craze at the Edinburgh Fringe. Alexander Fiske-Harrison, author and bullfighter, enjoys this novel literary blood sport


Caspar David Friedrich, by Johannes Grave

25 August 2012 6:00 am

In October 1810, the poet and dramatist Heinrich von Kleist substantially rewrote a review submitted to a publication he edited,…

The Roxburghe Club, by Nicolas Barker

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Book-collecting fraternities are far from uncommon, but none of them is the equal of their British progenitor, the Roxburghe Club,…


The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton, by Diane Atkinson

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Caroline Norton seems an unlikely pioneer of women’s rights. Born in 1808, the granddaughter of the playwright Sheridan, she was…

Short Walks from Bogota, by Tom Feiling

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Ten years ago a cartoon appeared in the Independent showing the New World Order — Bush and Blair peering at…

Philida, by André Brink

25 August 2012 6:00 am

The location of Philida is a Cape farm which used to be named Zandvliet and is now the celebrated vineyard…

The Heart Broke In, by James Meek

25 August 2012 6:00 am

This is a big juicy slab of a book, as thrilling and nourishing as a Victorian three-parter.  It resembles its…

Are You My Mother, by Alison Bechdel

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Alison Bechdel’s first book, Fun Home, enjoyed great acclaim: a memoir presented in comic-strip form, it described her father’s suicide…

David Cameron Meets With John Major In Downing Street

How a nice little rabbit can win the political rat race

25 August 2012 6:00 am

‘Nice people, with nice habits/ they keep rabbits/ but got no money at all,’ sang the popular duo Flanagan and…

Why do all the fattest people live on islands

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Here’s a mystery which has been keeping me awake at night recently. Why do people who live on islands, and…

I’ve left London. How will I ever work again

25 August 2012 6:00 am

They say that moving house is the third most traumatic thing after death and divorce and they’re right about that,…

Branson always puts up a fight, but his days as a railwayman are surely over

25 August 2012 6:00 am

In my list of things to do before I die, going up in a hot-air balloon with Sir Richard Branson…


Malthus’s children

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Population panic is back in vogue


Dictating terms

25 August 2012 6:00 am

What has this era of ‘international justice’ done to deter genocide?

Schoolgirl Hell

War on games

25 August 2012 6:00 am

We do not need more PE in schools. Quite the reverse


Edinburgh notebook

25 August 2012 6:00 am

One of the rites of passage for a comedian is walking through the rain at the Edinburgh Fringe, looking down…


A fan’s notes

25 August 2012 6:00 am

The best gadgets are the ones that do simple jobs really well

Kensington Palace - Press View

The new country garden

25 August 2012 6:00 am

In this latest age of austerity, expect a return to the pastoral idyll


Driving to Shangri La

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Annabel Howard discovers the allure of the Canadian wilderness


2077: Below par

25 August 2012 6:00 am

Each of seventeen clues comprises a definition part and a hidden consecutive jumble of the answer including one extra letter.…