I feel an intense antipathy for Vladimir Putin. No one on the international scene has aroused in me such dislike…
The recorder of early Jewish history has two sources of evidence. One is the Bible. Its centrality was brought home…
C.S. Lewis became a celebrity but remains a mysterious figure. Several biographies have been written, not to much avail, and…
In a world beset by evil, we are universally compelled towards good – surely proof of the existence of God
Ireland has suffered bitterly over the centuries through war and want. And the disastrous famine of 1845-9 proves in itself a divisive subject, says Paul Johnson
Any fair-minded person who has looked into the matter knows that Conrad Black was wrongly convicted. Indeed under English law…
James Stourton is not only a successful auctioneer and chairman of Sotheby’s but also an accomplished writer, the author of…
Bruce Boucher reviews the first substantial exhibition devoted to the magically delicate sculpture of Desiderio da Settignano.
The second world war was the most destructive conflict in human history, but the victors have fared worse than the vanquished, says Paul Johnson
Doctors say it’s all downhill from 45. History suggests otherwise
Christmas cards past, present and yet to come
We should be grateful to families which encourage the culture of writing letters, and equally vital, the keeping of them.…
Sarah Raven comes of a botanising family. Her father John, a Cambridge classics don, travelled all over the British Isles…
The acute emotional pain caused by his first wife’s infidelity was of priceless service to Evelyn Waugh as a novelist, says Paul Johnson
People see William Rees-Mogg as an archetypal member of the Establishment.
English patriotism was still a force in 1914.
Why it matters who wears the trousers
The papacy is in good shape and looks set to last another 2,000 years, says Paul Johnson; but too few popes in the past have been pious or clement or innocent
After 100 International Women’s Days, real achievement still trumps leftist ideology
Brilliance, bitterness and filth in the loftiest of ivory towers
A magical Christmas party, starring Charles Dickens
Lord Palmerston poses severe quantitative problems to biographers.
Paul Johnson reviews Roy Hattersley’s life of David Lloyd George
Half a century ago I read W. G. Hoskins’s book, The Making of the English Landscape, when it first came out. It was for me an eye-opener, as it was for many people.
Our electoral system does not answer the need for punishment, anger and rebellion, says Paul Johnson. What fun it would be to vote to get rid of our thoroughly bad eggs