capital punishment

Is the threat of capital punishment really the foundation of good behaviour?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Richard Wrangham embraces controversy, and appears to enjoy munching apples from carts he upsets himself. While his new book seems…

Why I don’t, never have, and never will trust the people

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It was late, and a friend and I were left to talk Brexit. He’s a keen and convinced Tory Brexiteer…

Thick as thieves in Georgian London

25 February 2017 9:00 am

‘To get a confession from a proud male factor, it is always better to call for a poet than a…

The trials and tribulations of Salem's Judge Samuel Sewall

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Richard Francis’s new novel covers ostensibly familiar ground. Set in and around Boston in the 1690s, it tells the story…

Fun, disturbing and ultimately forgettable: Hangmen at Wyndhams reviewed

16 January 2016 9:00 am

It begins with a sketch. We’re in a prison in 1963 where Harry Wade, the UK’s second most famous hangman,…

The fox that killed my chickens depressed me more than 250,000 tsunami deaths

4 April 2015 9:00 am

It is hard to know how a tragedy is going to move a person who is not directly affected by…