Lead book review

'Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing', by Jane Dunn - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Victoria Glendinning lifts the curtain on the drama of three sisters

Thinly veiled threats

2 March 2013 9:00 am

A new kind of unrest is making itself felt throughout the Arab world. Women are beginning to assert themselves and voice their frustrations, says Caroline Moorehead

Oh, Calcutta!

23 February 2013 9:00 am

Now a byword for poverty, the former capital of British India makes for a fascinating study, says Ferdinand Mount

Family differences

16 February 2013 9:00 am

Sam Leith admires a groundbreaking study of the child who is not a chip off the old block

The music man

9 February 2013 9:00 am

Rupert Christiansen welcomes a new biography of Benjamin Britten – marking his centenary – which brings all his many complexities satisfyingly and vividly to life

Secrets and ties

2 February 2013 9:00 am

Jane Ridley says that reports of the death of the family are greatly exaggerated – it has simply mutated

Scenes from Pride and Prejudice. Left to right: Charlotte and Mr Collins, Mr and Mrs Bennet at home, Lydia claims to be taller than her sisters, Mr Collins is horrified by the idea of reading a novel, Lady Catherine de Burgh with her nephews. Illustrations by Hugh Thomson from Happily Ever After

Whatever happened to dear Aunt Jane?

26 January 2013 9:00 am

James Walton reports on the latest bout of Austen mania surrounding the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice

A time of hectic gaiety and abandon: at the height of the Blitz, dancers relax backstage at the Windmill theatre. Its famous slogan, ‘We Never Closed’, was popularly rendered as ‘We Never Clothed’

Love among the ruins

19 January 2013 9:00 am

For a small circle of distinguished writers, the Blitz seemed to act as a powerful aphrodisiac, says Sam Leith

An almost perfect catastrophe

12 January 2013 9:00 am

William Dalrymple has found some vivid new sources for his history of the First Afghan War, but the whole sorry story remains essentially unchanged, says Philip Hensher

Dirty tricks campaigns

5 January 2013 9:00 am

The real scandal of the Profumo Affair, says Lewis Jones, was the rotten state of Britain at the time

A master of tactical retreat

29 December 2012 9:00 am

The tsar who defeated Napoleon had a surprising amount in common with Charles de Gaulle, according to John Laughland

Doctor in distress

15 December 2012 9:00 am

Sam Leith wonders why such a gifted man as Jonathan Miller should be so unhappy in his skin

At the Opera’ by Thomas-Francis Dicksee;

Boxed and stalled

8 December 2012 9:00 am

That the operatic tradition survives at all is a marvel, says Philip Hensher; but it would be even better if the repertory could move with the times

An Irish peasant girl with her family’s last few possessions after eviction for non-payment of rent (The Illustrated London News)

A deeply stricken country

1 December 2012 9:00 am

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

Books of the year

24 November 2012 9:00 am

A  further selection of the best books of 2012, chosen by some of our regular contributors

Books of the year

Books of the year

17 November 2012 9:00 am

A selection of the best books of 2012, chosen by some of our regular contributors

Nostalgic nationalist piety

10 November 2012 9:00 am

Roger Scruton’s vision of a tolerant, age-old Anglicanism — church bells echoing over the countryside, calling the faithful to prayer — doesn’t ring true to Simon Jenkins

A family at war

3 November 2012 9:00 am

Philip Hensher finds nothing very sinister or sensational about the 9th Duke of Rutland censorsing his own archives

Ace of bureaucrats

27 October 2012 9:00 am

Though the name ‘Raffles’ conjures up exoticism and glamour, the man himself turns out to be a bit of a disappointment, says Sam Leith

The sage of Aix

20 October 2012 9:00 am

Paul Cézanne, though hailed by Pissarro as ‘the genius of the future’, was never recognised as one in his lifetime, says Richard Shone

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