Setting the world to rights

7 May 2011 12:00 am

Jonathan Sumption finds that the philosophes of the French Enlightenment shared little with one another and even less with the revolutionaries who followed them

Out of time and place

23 October 2010 12:00 am

The misleadingly titled Life of an Unknown Man is in fact the story of two men, and the dualities that their characters embody — fame and anonymity, unhappiness and happiness, West and East.

The people and the place

7 April 2010 12:00 am

Where to begin? Graham Robb, like all dedicated Francophiles, begins early, when his enlightened parents made him a present of a trip to Paris and sent him off with a map and a voucher for a free gift at the Galeries Lafayette.

The end of the affair

25 March 2009 12:00 am

Americans in Paris, by Charles Glass

Mysteries of Paris

11 March 2009 12:00 am

The Chalk Circle Man, by Fred Vargas, translated