North America

As a result of willow-munching, beavers secrete salicylic acid — the active ingredient in aspirin

Busy beavers: in praise of man’s natural ally

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The British experience of beavers is somewhat limited. Most of us haven’t been lucky enough to have spied an immigrant…

If we have to put the clocks back, here’s how we should do it

8 October 2016 9:00 am

We already drive on the left, give road distances in miles and drink pints. So one good feature of Brexit…

Striking camp in Canada, March 1820

Annie Proulx is lost in the woods

4 June 2016 9:00 am

You can’t see the wood for the trees in Annie Proulx’s epic novel of logging and deforestation in North America, says Philip Hensher

One day the Condor and the Eagle will fly wing-tip to wing-tip

4 April 2015 9:00 am

The pub was disappointingly empty, so I took my first pint of the evening upstairs, where some sort of New…