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Della Francesca’s ‘Resurrection’

The mathematical revolution behind ‘the greatest picture in the world’

19 April 2014

It seems odd to enter a room dominated by what Aldous Huxley famously called ‘the greatest picture in the world’ to find not another soul there. Looking down from an… Read more


Revealed: how green ideology turned a deluge into a flood

15 February 2014

It has taken six long weeks to uncover the real hidden reasons why, from the West Country to the Thames Valley, the flooding caused by the wettest January on record… Read more


How the first world war inspired the EU

8 February 2014

Among the millions of words which will be expended over the next four years on the first world war, very few will be devoted to explaining one of its greatest… Read more

Labour Beat

Profumo. Chatterley. The Beatles. 1963 was the year old England died

23 November 2013

Shortly before his death, David Frost rang to ask me to take part in a radio series he was making to mark the 50th anniversary of ‘the year, Chris, that… Read more

Study Suggests San Bushmen May Be Oldest Population On Earth

Botswana is persecuting its Kalahari bushmen — and we had a role in it

26 October 2013

For 17 years I have been reporting on one of the most haunting tragedies of our modern world — the ruthless persecution of the last survivors of the original inhabitants… Read more

An Appetite for Wonder, by Richard Dawkins - review

21 September 2013
An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist Richard Dawkins

Bantam, pp.320, £20, ISBN: 9780593070895

It is peculiarly apt that the author of this autobiography should be the man who coined that now fashionable term ‘meme’ — so long as it is written ‘me me’.… Read more

human beehive edit

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

7 September 2013
The Social Conquest of Earth Edward O. Wilson

W.W. Norton, pp.330, £18.99, ISBN: 9780871403636

His publishers describe this ‘ground-breaking book on evolution’ by ‘the most celebrated living heir to Darwin’ as ‘the summa work of Edward O. Wilson’s legendary career’. As emeritus professor of… Read more

Dragon of Rumour, from 29 March 1963

Timothy Birdsall - the greatest cartoonist you’ve never heard of

8 June 2013

Few people under the age of 65 will have heard of the cartoonist Timothy Birdsall, who died 50 years ago on 10 June 1963, having produced his finest work in the… Read more

The frozen town of Leiden in the Netherlands c.1665 by Anthony Beerstraten

Global Crisis, by Geoffrey Parker - review

1 June 2013
Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century Geoffrey Parker

Yale, pp.672, £29.99, ISBN: 9780300153231

Just before I was sent this huge tour de force of a book to review, I happened to be reading those 17th-century diary accounts by Pepys and John Evelyn which… Read more

'The Age of Global Warming', by Rupert Darwall - review

13 April 2013
The Age of Global Warming Rupert Darwall

Quartet, pp.448, £25, ISBN: 9780704372993

We scarcely need our fifth freezing winter in a row to remind us of the probability that future generations may look back on the panic over global warming which suddenly… Read more


Somerset Notebook

10 November 2012

When we looked out of the window last Sunday morning to see thick snow blotting out the Mendip hills above our Somerset village, I’m afraid I immediately thought: ‘The Gore… Read more

Christopher Booker

25 August 2012

When in 2009 I published a book called The Real Global Warming Disaster it provoked contrasting responses from two members of the royal family. Prince Charles, protesting that he was… Read more


Butterfly effects

23 June 2012

Under such headlines as ‘British butterfly defies doom prediction to thrive in changing climate’, the usual suspects (e.g. the Guardian and the Independent) recently publicised a study claiming that, thanks… Read more

Rings of steel

21 April 2012

Last August I was intrigued to learn that the cash-strapped Cornwall county council was spending hundreds of pounds advertising for a ‘project officer’ at £400 a week to assist in… Read more

Debate denied

10 December 2011

The odd thing about the great debate on global warming is that there never really was a debate. As soon as the global warming scare exploded on the world in… Read more


Private Eye’s private life

15 October 2011

The first editor of the magazine turns a quizzical eye on 50 years of a ‘national institution’ Not long after the 50th birthday of what was once the most successful… Read more


Scientists in hiding

18 September 2010

Academics who dare to question the scientific establishment’s consensus on Darwinism or global warming increasingly find themselves ostracised and demonised Three months ago I spent a fascinating few days in… Read more

Poisoned spring

6 May 2009
Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo Michael McCarthy

John Murray, pp.256, 16.99

Wings and Rings: A History of Bird Migration Studies in Europe Richard Vaughan

Isabelline Books 6, Bellevue, Enys, Penryn TR10 9LB (UK) Tel./Fax: (44) (0)1326 373602 e-mail:, pp.228, 19.95

Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo, by Michael McCarthy Wings and Rings: A History of Bird Migration Studies in Europe, by Richard Vaughan On a May night in 1967, walking home… Read more

Mind over matter

28 January 2009
Why Us? James Le Fanu

Harper Press, pp.303, 18.99

Why Us?, by James Le Fanu The past half-century has seen the most astonishing concentration of scientific discoveries in history. In physical terms, from the Big Bang to the Double… Read more


Beware the politician posing as a scientist

5 March 2008

One of the fond delusions of our age is that scientists are a breed apart from ordinary mortals, white-coated custodians of a mystery, with authority to pronounce on any scientific… Read more

No better way to turn 70 than in the Darjeeling hills

30 January 2008

Forty years ago I met a leading industrialist who had just returned from a visit to India, very depressed. He could see no future for a people who seemed to… Read more

Killer peak

2 November 2002

Imagine you have been walking up into the sky for four days on end, until you reach a frozen plateau as high as Mont Blanc. Only now does the serious… Read more