Lead book review

Love letters to foreign lands

13 October 2012 9:00 am

The writer Patrick Leigh Fermor was not only brave, charming and cultivated. He had a knack of getting under the skin, says Philip Mansel

Blackmail, bribery and bullying

6 October 2012 9:00 am

The postwar Communist takeover of Eastern Europe might have been resisted, argues Norman Stone, if the various opposition parties had stood firmer

Smackhead cows in the backyard

29 September 2012 9:00 am

Philip Hensher is unimpressed by J. K. Rowling’s much heralded move into adult fiction

The authorised version

22 September 2012 9:00 am

It is no surprise that politics and religion should once again take centre stage in this familiar account of the Tudor ‘golden age’, says Sam Leith

A way with clay

15 September 2012 9:00 am

A.N.Wilson's latest novel celebrates the genius of Josiah Wedgewood, perhaps the greatest potter of all time. It's a labour of love, says Richard Ryder

Models of impropriety

1 September 2012 8:00 am

The ethereal romanticism of Pre-Raphaelite painting was a far cry from the lives of the artists themselves, says Tom Hodgkinson