the Black Sea

She-devils on horseback: in search of the fabled Amazons

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Rumour will run wild about a society of warrior women, somehow free from the world of men. We all feel…

Illustration by beatrice forshall

Is the Slender-billed curlew already extinct?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

This unusual book is beautifully written, produced and illustrated, but its subject — the small Slender-billed curlew — is strangely…

The gorge between Romania and Serbia, known as the Iron Gates of the Danube

The long and winding story of the Danube

14 December 2013 9:00 am

For much of its history the Danube has been a disappointment. It looks so tempting on the map but, far…