Books

Schoolgirl days that mark you for life

10 June 2017 9:00 am

It’s not often that books make me laugh aloud. Even books I’m officially finding funny often do no more than…

Tony Blair is top rotter in James Bloodworth’s The Myth of Meritocracy

11 June 2016 9:00 am

‘Your old man’s barking!’ I remember hissing indignantly at my then best friend Toby Young way back in the 1980s…

Equipped for life with a copy of Thucydides

28 May 2016 9:00 am

‘What distinguishes Cambridge from Oxford,’ wrote A.A. Milne in 1939, is that nobody who has been to Cambridge feels impelled…

From Tom Brown’s School Days, illustrated by Thomas Hughes

A rebellion among Rugby schoolboys proved perfect training for its ringleader in putting down a Jamaican slave-rising in later life

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The public schools ought to have gone out of business long ago. The Education Act of 1944, which promised ‘state-aided…

Malala's voice is defiant — but how much can she change Pakistan? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

In 2012 a Taleban gunman, infuriated by Malala Yousafzai’s frequent television appearances insisting that girls had a right to education,…

Fatal impact theory 

3 March 2012 10:00 am

As schools are for education, so universities are for higher education. In a civilised society, children should leave school literate,…

Mavericks need not apply

31 December 2011 10:00 am

Philip Hensher gives a critical insider’s view of the Creative Writing industry

School days

1 June 2010 8:38 am

There it is: Winder, one of the most imposing peaks across all the Howgill Fells.

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.

Raymond Carr at 90

13 May 2009 12:00 am

Dons don’t usually appear to much advantage in fiction.

Tales out of school

15 April 2009 12:00 am

The Old Boys’ Network, by John Rae

In a class of his own

7 April 2009 12:00 am

Maurice Bowra: A Life, by Leslie Mitchell

Heroes and villains

4 March 2009 12:00 am

The Spice of Life, by John Jolliffe

The true Stoic

4 February 2009 12:00 am

Stowe: The History of a Public School, 1923-1989, by Brian Rees