It is all very well saying Asia is replacing Europe as the prime creator of wealth, but is there any evidence that new superpowers like China and India will be able to supply the cultural magnificence which once accompanied European productivity? We take European art for granted.
Do we need another huge life of Arthur Koestler? He wrote a great deal about himself, including three autobiographical works: Spanish Testament (1937), describing his experience as a death-row prisoner of General Franco, Arrow in the Blue (1952) and The Invisible Writing (1954).
A new book about Magdalen College takes Paul Johnson back to his own Oxford days and the eccentric but brilliant characters who taught him
In the Lakes, dramatic weather is inseparable from beauty
A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, by Diarmaid MacCulloch
The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, by Andrew Roberts
Enlightening: Letters 1946-1960, by Isaiah Berlin, edited by Henry Hardy and Jennifer Homes The Book of Isaiah: Personal Impressions of Isaiah Berlin, edited by Henry Hardy
Richard Strauss: the Bavarian Joker in the Pack
Celebrating the Michelangelo of the Maida Vale pub
When the ferocious Conchita rode the ring and bulls trembled
Good lessons to be learned from the much-despised Thirties
What the temptations on the high mountain mean today
A time for American poets to speak out in warning?
Short works of genius that cheer up the writing profession
Would Darwin have put atheist slogans on buses?
The case for simplicity is essentially a moral one
What Shakespeare has to say about the crisis
A Pantocrat who should be on everyone’s curriculum
Are you sophisticated? Here’s how to find out
What did they talk about in the Ice Age? The weather, of course
Dark days when you had to be polite to bankers
A simple explanation for the origins of the universe — and us too
Plus ça change in the bustling hurly-burly of Westbourne Grove
When the leaves fall is the fun time of year for artists
Books do furnish a room; overfurnish it too