Refugees run across the Croatian-Slovenian border (Photo: Getty)

Hayek was right: you can’t understand society without evolution

7 November 2015 9:00 am

In December the controversial satellite TV channel ReallyTV launches its Christmas season with a flagship reality show called From Homs to…

Detroit: a city brought back from the dead

The moral case for gentrification

27 June 2015 9:00 am

To gentrify or not to gentrify. That is the question, says Stephen Bayley

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Nicky Haslam’s diary: Marie-Anna Berta Felicie Johanna Ghislaine Theodora Huberta Georgina Helene Genoveva and other big names

10 January 2015 9:00 am

I was once bundled into a police car in Palm Springs to explain why I didn’t have snow-tyres on my…

Edmund Burke. Scruton argues, like him, ‘that a society is ‘a partnership… between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born’. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Passion, authority and the odd mini-rant: Scruton’s conservative vision

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Roger Scruton is that rarest of things: a first-rate philosopher who actually has a philosophy. Unfortunately at times for him,…

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Owen Jones’s new book should be called The Consensus: And How I Want to Change it

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Owen Jones’s first book, Chavs, was a political bestseller. This follow-up skips over the middle classes and goes to the…

Women In The World Foundation CEO Tina Brown Interview

Lessons from Tina Brown on the art of failing upwards

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Shortly after I started working at Vanity Fair in the mid-1990s, I suggested to my boss Graydon Carter that I…

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E.O. Wilson has a new explanation for consciousness, art & religion. Is it credible?

7 September 2013 9:00 am

His publishers describe this ‘ground-breaking book on evolution’ by ‘the most celebrated living heir to Darwin’ as ‘the summa work…


The unfair sex - how feminism created a new class divide

27 April 2013 9:00 am

The rise of working women has created a new – and far less equal – world

They’re all in it together

5 May 2012 12:00 pm

Ferdinand Mount is right to be shocked by the inequalities of modern British society; but his remedies are not brutal enough, says Polly Toynbee

The frontiers of freedom

28 January 2012 10:00 am

The problem with Nick Cohen’s very readable You Can’t Read This Book is the way that you can, glaringly, read…


A time to moan and weep

2 October 2010 12:00 am

Ferdinand Mount recalls the crisis years of the early 1970s, when Britain was pronounced ‘ungovernable’

Physical and spiritual decay

7 July 2010 12:00 am

The most striking thing about Piers Paul Read’s early novels was their characters’ susceptibility to physical decay.


An ideal banker

30 June 2010 12:00 am

At last, thirty years after his death, we have a proper biography of the enigmatic but inspirational banker Siegmund Warburg, extensively researched and beautifully written.


Whither America?

16 June 2010 12:00 am

At the beginning of The Ask, Horace sits with Burke and proclaims that America is a ‘run down and demented pimp’.


Odd men out

16 June 2010 12:00 am

The first game played by the Allahakbarries Cricket Club at Albury in Surrey in September 1887 did not bode well for the club’s future.


Golden youth or electric eel?

2 June 2010 12:00 am

Patrick Shaw-Stewart was the cleverest and the most ambitious of the gilded gang of young men who swam in the wake of the not-so-young but perennially youthful Raymond Asquith.


Blood relatives

12 May 2010 12:00 am

The last time I saw Benazir Bhutto was at Oxford, over champagne outside the Examination Schools, when she inquired piercingly of a subfusc linguist, ‘Racine? What is Racine?’ Older and richer than most undergraduates, and as a Harvard graduate presumably better educated, she was already world famous, and was obviously not at Oxford to learn about classical tragedy.


Genetics, God and antlers

12 May 2010 12:00 am

‘Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within.’ Oren Harman uses this quote from Immanuel Kant to open one of the chapters of The Price of Altruism, and it’s an observation that — after the steady reflection on moral law that Harman’s book invites and encourages — only seems more true by the end.


Low dishonest dealings

21 April 2010 12:00 am

The strange, unsettled decades between the wars form the backdrop of much of D. J. Taylor’s recent work, including his novel, Ask Alice, and his social history, Bright Young Things. At the Chime of a City Clock is set in 1931, with a financial crisis rumbling in the background.


Anything for a quiet life

14 April 2010 12:00 am

Jim, Crace’s latest novel, All That Follows, marks a deliberate change from past form.


The spaced-out years

10 March 2010 12:00 am

Barry Miles came to London in the Sixties to escape the horsey torpor of the Cotswolds in which he grew up.


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.


An institution to love and cherish

3 February 2010 12:00 am

Books about marriage, like the battered old institution itself, come in and out of fashion with writers, readers and politicians, but never quite die away.


No example to follow

3 February 2010 12:00 am

Ahundred years ago, a character in a novel who was keen on music would, like E.M. Forster’s Lucy Honeychurch or Leo- nard Bast, be as apt to stumble through a piece at the piano as listen to it at a concert.


Celebration of old times

13 January 2010 12:00 am

Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter, by Antonia Fraser