Lead book review

Edwardian Opulence, edited by Angus Trumble - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Margaret MacMillan says that the ostentation of the Edwardian Age focuses the mind painfully on the horror that was so quickly to follow

‘Imperial Federation showing the map of the world, British Empire’, by Captain J.C. Colombo, c.1886 (Royal Geographical Society, London)

Churchill and Empire, by Lawrence James - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Philip Hensher says that Churchill’s engagement with the empire does not reveal him at his finest hour

Disraeli, by Douglas Hurd; The Great Rivalry, by Dick Leonard - review

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Sam Leith finds shades of Jeffrey Archer and Boris Johnson in the 19th-century prime minister

Music & Monarchy, by David Starkey - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Music has always been integral to the image and power of monarchy. Our present Royal family should take note, says Jonathan Keate

Summer reading

29 June 2013 9:00 am

What our regular columnists will be taking on holiday

The Men Who Lost America, by Andrew O’Shaughnessy - review

29 June 2013 9:00 am

The birth of the United States was a more complex — and less heroic — drama than the one enshrined in American folklore, says Andro Linklater

China’s War with Japan, by Rana Mitter - review

22 June 2013 9:00 am

While the second world war raged in Europe, a separate conflict was devastating China, whose effects still linger to this day, says Jonathan Mirsky

‘Well, gentlemen, I think we all fought a good fight’(The Spectator, 16 October 1959)

The birth of modern Britain

15 June 2013 9:00 am

Sam Leith on the dawning of the consumer age in Britain, when Harold Macmillan reminded us that we’d never had it so good

How do you define a 'northerner'?

8 June 2013 9:00 am

No one seems to agree on what characterises a ‘northerner’, says Philip Hensher, and Paul Morley’s latest book leaves us none the wiser

Byron’s War, by Roderick Beaton - review

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Although Lord Byron is hailed as a national hero in Greece, his legacy has been largely destructive, says David Crane

Reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park resulted in a boom in beavers, songbirds, otters, muskrats, fish, frogs, reptiles and even bears

Feral, by Geoge Monbiot - review

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Sam Leith enjoys a vision of Britain where sheep may no longer safely graze

Miniature of Edmund Burke in middle age (English School)

"The right hero" - Douglas Murray reviews Jesse Norman's Burke biography.

18 May 2013 9:00 am

The life, style and philosophy of the neglected founder of conservatism

Perilous Question, by Antonia Fraser— review

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Jane Ridley describes the human, as well as political, drama of the 1830s, when Britain was on the verge of revolution11

The Devonshires, by Roy Hattersley - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Anne Somerset wonders why Roy Hattersley chose to write a history of a family he so clearly disapproves of

'Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air', by Richard Holmes - review

27 April 2013 9:00 am

The early balloonists may have been outright insane, says Sam Leith, but their stories are sublime

Last tango in Paris. Albert Guillaume captures the relaxed mood of Europe in 1913

'1913: The World Beforethe Great War', by Charles Emmerson

20 April 2013 9:00 am

On the eve of the Great War, the future was anyone’s guess, says David Crane

'Lost, Stolen or Shredded', by Rick Gekoski - review

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Brian Sewell on the forgery, theft and destruction of some of the world’s masterpieces

'Deserter: The Last Untold Story of the Second World War', by Charles Glass - review

6 April 2013 9:00 am

A strong stomach is needed when it comes to the fate of second-world-war deserters, warns David Crane

West’s World: The Extraordinary Life of Dame Rececca West, by Lorna Gibb — review

30 March 2013 9:00 am

Philip Hensher explains how Rebecca West’s remarkably liberated attitude to life cost her dear

Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the 20th Century, by Eric Hobsbawm - review

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Sam Leith on Eric Hobsbawm’s posthumous lament for a vanished world

Servants: A Downstairs View of Twentieth-century Britain, by Lucy Lethbridge – review

16 March 2013 9:00 am

As well as having to perform countless heavy chores till all hours, servants were expected to be invisible. Charlotte Moore is fascinated by the daily’s grind

'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