Political history

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

Nick Robinson’s Battle for the Airwaves

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Deep within the BBC’s inquiry into the Newsnight and Jimmy Savile affair is a comment by Jeremy Paxman so inflammatory…

High life

2 March 2013 9:00 am

‘I was distressed to learn of some of your current problems and wanted to send you a word of encouragement.…

Real and imagined danger

11 February 2012 10:00 am

What was the Cold War? For Professor John Lewis Gaddes, it was a conflict between two incompatible systems, democracy and…

Crusader on the attack

31 December 2011 10:00 am

Why have we forgotten John Bright? In his day he was a massive political celebrity. He could command audiences of…

Jekyll and Hyde figure

26 November 2011 11:00 am

Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver believed that the ideal British prime minister was a creature wholly exempt from joy and grief who…

Chagrin d’amour

19 November 2011 10:00 am

The horror of love: Nancy Mitford’s first fiancé was gay; her husband, Peter Rodd, was feckless, spendthrift and unsympathetic, and…

A cult of virility and violence

19 November 2011 9:00 am

Mussolini’s brutal sex-addiction makes for dispiriting reading, but provides material for a fine psychological study, says David Gilmour

The Conservatives: A History by Robin Harris

12 November 2011 10:00 am

If David Cameron and his friends wish to know why they and their policies are so despised by some Conservatives…

A chorus of disapproval

19 March 2011 6:00 am

At more than 700 pages including appendices, Guardian writer Dorian Lynskey’s 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs…

A going-away present

13 November 2010 12:00 am

A great time ago when the world was young there was a pleasant and harmless custom by which a British ambassador when leaving his post could sit down and write a valedictory dispatch to the Foreign Secretary.

Anthem for doomed youth

6 November 2010 12:00 am

Britain’s greying post-war generation are getting increasingly used to a bad press.