It concentrates the mind wonderfully

28 April 2012 10:00 am

It’s odd, but we mostly go about as if death were optional, something we could get out of, like games…

Spiritual superhero

25 February 2012 10:00 am

When totting up the positives from the British Raj, people often put the railways first, followed by the Indian Civil…

Acting strange

11 September 2010 12:00 am

Reviewing Lindsay Clarke’s Whitbread-winning The Chymical Wedding a small matter of 20 years ago, and noting its free and easy cast and wistful nods in the direction of the Age of Aquarius, I eventually pronounced that it was a ‘hippy novel’.

Amid the encircling gloom

4 September 2010 12:00 am

Africa is the setting for several of V. S. Naipaul’s finest fictional stories — In a Free State, A Bend in the River, Half a Life.