Lead book review

How a fraudulent experiment set psychiatry back decades

25 January 2020 9:00 am

In 1973, a social psychologist from Stanford perpetrated one of the greatest scientific frauds of recent history. Its consequences still resonate today, says Andrew Scull

Carrying on loving: Elizabeth Hardwick’s and Robert Lowell’s remarkable correspondence throughout the 1970s

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Andrew Rosenheim examines the remarkable correspondence between Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick following the breakup of their marriage

The Tudor dynasty owed everything to Margaret Beaufort’s machinations

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Thomas Penn describes how Margaret Beaufort, with her extraordinary flair for realpolitik, successfully navigated one of the most hazardous periods of English history

Who are today’s fictional heroes?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Sam Leith follows Lee Child on a ramble through thoughts about evolution and the birth of storytelling

More juicy gossip from Kenneth ‘Climbing’ Rose

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Gossip is the lifeblood of diaries and biography, says Jane Ridley – and royal gossip was what Kenneth Rose loved best

As English spread over the subcontinent, India lost forever its rich Persianate literary heritage

7 December 2019 9:00 am

William Dalrymple describes how the merging of Sanskrit and Persian cultures after the first millennium heralded a new golden age for India

When Cartier was the girls’ best friend

30 November 2019 9:00 am

For most of the last century, the family firm of Cartier was the go-to jewellers for those with deep pockets and a taste for Art Deco elegance, says Anne de Courcy

The carnage inside Charlie Hebdo: an eyewitness’s account of the attack

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Douglas Murray describes the brutal attack, almost five years ago, on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris

Books of the year – part two

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Continuing from last week, our regular reviewers choose the books they have enjoyed reading most — and sometimes least — in 2019

Books of the year – part one

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Our regular reviewers choose the books they have enjoyed reading most — and sometimes least — in 2019

Meet Dr Love: the infallibly seductive, pioneering French gynaecologist

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Adam Begley describes how three colourful Frenchmen, over from Paris on a spree, captivated London in June 1885

Is there no field in which the Jewish mindset doesn’t excel?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

David Crane describes the astonishing explosion of Jewish talent in the arts, sciences, politics and philosophy – just as anti-Semitism in Europe was plumbing new depths

An unconventional biography of the visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Stephen Bayley welcomes a sprawling life of Frank Lloyd Wright – cad, fantasist, genius

Three remarkable sisters at the heart of 20th-century Chinese politics

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Hilary Spurling tells the tale of three remarkable siblings and their influence on politics in 20th-century China

Man’s first instinct has always been to return to the sea

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Even before the ancient Greeks, men rejoiced in the sea as a source of food, trade, adventure, conquest and plunder, Horatio Clare discovers

For millennials, pre-Thatcher Britain must seem another — quite mystifying — country

28 September 2019 9:00 am

No other political leader would have dared send the Task Force to the South Atlantic, says Charles Moore. But for Margaret Thatcher, daring and winning went together

The best of journeys: Justin Marozzi’s monumental trek through the history of the Muslim world

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Jason Burke wonders what went wrong with Islam, as Justin Marozzi proves that its civilisations once far outstripped the West

No one held Susan Sontag in higher esteem than she did: Her Life reviewed

14 September 2019 9:00 am

There was no one more convinced of her overpowering intellect than Susan Sontag herself, says Philip Hensher

What made Lucian Freud so irresistible to women?

7 September 2019 9:00 am

By his early twenties, Lucian Freud was already putting Casanova in the shade, as Craig Raine reveals

Did Christianity make the western mind — or was it the other way round?

31 August 2019 9:00 am

As Christianity became more organised and hierarchical, it grew increasingly hostile to both mysticism and empirical science, says Jonathan Sumption

George Orwell. Credit: Getty Images

Novel explosives of the Cold War

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Humour, satire, drama and poetry proved explosive weapons in the fight against Stalinism, says Nicholas Shakespeare

Migration in Europe is the ripple effect of the second world war

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Waves of migration in Europe are nothing new. The continent has been on the move since 1945, says Kapka Kassabova

Homage to Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor

10 August 2019 9:00 am

David Crane celebrates the genuinely pious emperor who united medieval Europe by fire and sword

Web of deceit: disinformation could prove the most powerful weapon of all

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Does a powerful, disembodied and totally deniable attack by one country on another constitute war? If so, will we ever have peace again, wonders Daniel Hahn

Not far fom the Dozier School, a small cemetery with 31 metal crosses is thought to contain further unmarked graves of children murdered by the staff

America’s brutal borstals: The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead, reviewed

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Based on a notorious reform school in Florida whose staff tortured and even murdered the adolescents in their care, The Nickel Boys is heartbreakingly good, says Philip Hensher