A moth to the flame

28 April 2012 10:00 am

The tissue of myth and hearsay surrounding the rebellious Pannonica Rothschild has made her a difficult creature to pin down, says Sam Leith

The American way of justice

21 April 2012 12:00 pm

Conrad Black sympathises with the NatWest Three — victims of British cowardice and a corrupt US legal system

Road to ruins

21 April 2012 11:00 am

This is a delightful book, nostalgic, slyly witty, perceptive and at times flirting — deliberately — with old fogeyism. Tom…

The calls of the wild

21 April 2012 11:00 am

This is a weird and wonderful book. Bernie Krause, who started out as a popular musician and then in the…

One that got away

21 April 2012 11:00 am

There are six drawings in the back of this book. They’re not very good drawings. In fact they look as…

In Blair’s shadow

21 April 2012 11:00 am

An ebook arrives! The future of publishing on my hard-drive. All the big profits are in cyber-publishing these days, as…

Ultimate issues

21 April 2012 11:00 am

In his preface to this anthology of brief memoirs, Robert Silvers suggests that its ‘invisible, tragic core’ is to be…

A law unto itself

21 April 2012 11:00 am

One could meet any day in Society Harold Acton, Tom Driberg or Rowse: May there always, to add their variety,…

An elusive father

14 April 2012 11:00 am

In a large upstairs room of the YWCA building behind Tottenham Court Road, a group of actors were nervously waiting…

Dangerous territory

14 April 2012 11:00 am

Fifteen years ago Ahmed Rashid wrote an original, groundbreaking and wonderful book about the Taleban, a subject about which few…

Man with a trade mission

14 April 2012 11:00 am

About the second part of the title of Nigel Cliff’s excellent book there can be no argument. Vasco da Gama’s…

Turing’s Cathedral

14 April 2012 11:00 am

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Rotten, vicious times

14 April 2012 11:00 am

A.N. Wilson recalls the worst decade of  recent history and the death throes of Old England

The picture of health

14 April 2012 10:15 am

It must have been hard to settle on a title for this book; but then this is not the book…

Far from close

14 April 2012 10:00 am

In 1598, a certain Margaret Browne of Houndsditch gave a graphic description to the court of her neighbour Clement Underhill…

Spirit of Roedean

14 April 2012 10:00 am

Ursula Graham Bower belonged to the last generation of those well-bred missy-sahibs who came out to India at the start…

Ditching Brother Leader

14 April 2012 10:00 am

The date that rebel leaders chose for the final assault on Tripoli was auspicious: 20 August 2011 coincided with the…

Bookends: Disarming but disingenuous

14 April 2012 9:00 am

At first glance, Be the Worst You Can Be (Booth-Clibborn Editions, £9.99) by Charles Saatchi (pictured above with his wife,…

Heroics and mock-heroics

14 April 2012 9:00 am

‘Poets don’t count well,’ says Ian Duhig in his contribution to Jubilee Lines — an assertion unexpectedly confirmed by Carol…

A safe pair of hands

7 April 2012 11:00 am

Michael Spicer is too honourable to be a brilliant diarist. As he himself says, ‘I eschew tittle-tattle or small talk.’…

On the way to the forum

7 April 2012 11:00 am

In 150 BC, Cato the Elder arrived in the Senate House in Rome with an eye-catching basket of figs. This…

Figures in a landscape

7 April 2012 11:00 am

As you cross the Trent, you are very much aware that you have moved from the south to the north…

Living the music

7 April 2012 11:00 am

I used to read NME when I was young. Of course I did. I was obsessed by pop music in…

Scotland’s phoenix

7 April 2012 11:00 am

The late squarson, Henry Thorold, was fond of pointing out that his Shell Guide to Lincolnshire was the bestselling of…

Death comes for the archbishop

7 April 2012 11:00 am

Blair Worden dispels some of the myths surrounding Henry II and his turbulent priest, Thomas Becket