WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU'RE HENRY VIII

Hilary Mantel's most recent novel, The Mirror and the Light , contains a roaring theological debate. The topic: does the sacrament...

PEACE AND LIES

When the German occupation of Norway ended in May 1945, those who had quietly profiteered from the miseries of war began the process...

 
 
 

KAFFEE UND TRUTH

In the first act of We Germans, Alexander Starritt's second novel, the German soldier Meissner recounts a day advancing through eastern...

ANY QUESTIONS

I am currently preparing for an exam. Or so it feels. I am you see going to be one of the panel on Radio 4's Any Questions this evening....

 
 
 

NESTED INTERESTS

There is a biblical quality to the prologue of Martin MacInnes's Gathering Evidence. It recounts the story of a birth: the quiet arrival...

THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

Across much of Europe, people have begun to breathe a sigh of relief as this summer wears on. In countries such as Italy, hard hit...

 
 
 

EXCITING TIMES

Medicine has its traditions and traditions have a life of their own. The stereotype of the tired, harassed, unsupported junior doctor...

GREAT MEN, GREAT MYTHS

Charismatic leadership is one of the most controversial as well as one of the most elusive features of our modern political life. In...

 
 
 

AN AWFULLY BAD ADVENTURE

At the start of the nineteenth century, Japan had been sealed off from contact with the West for nearly 200 years. While Europe and...

CLIMATE CHANGE, FROM ‘DOOMISM' TO OPTIMISM

Gabrielle Walker talks us through three unhelpful attitudes to global warming, as exemplified in the Michael Moore-produced film Planet...

 
 
 

GOD'S OWN WEREWOLF

Centuries before Joseph Ratzinger became His Rottweiler, God turned to Old Thiess to be one of His hounds. Thiess was an octogenarian...

QUIET HORRORS

The Second World War inspired innumerable memoirs by British soldiers, sailors and airmen. A common and appealing characteristic of...

 
 
 

REFUSING TO TAKE SIDES

“Wonderful weather, exhilarating wind coming from the sheep plateaus”, wrote Jean Giono on September 20, 1943, the day he started to...

TREMBLING WITH GOOD CAUSE

Emigré writers who return to their countries of origin often encounter some version of the same predicament. They arrive in their homeland...

 
 
 

MAIN STREET, USA

Disneyland is an acquired taste, but sixty-five years after the opening day of the first Disney theme park in Anaheim, California -...

THE COST OF FUN

In Very Important People , the American sociologist Ashley Mears enters the exclusive global party circuit to examine the interplay...

 
 
 

FLUMMERY AND TRUMPERY

A house is a home, or a place of work. It is often a source of nostalgia and regret. It may become a place of pilgrimage, or a commercial...

MISSING APPLAUSE, FAKE CROWDS

As Bishop Berkeley definitely did not ask: if a comedian makes a joke and no one is around to laugh at it, is it funny? This is, admittedly,...

 
 
 

EQUAL RIGHTS AND A CULTURAL PHENOMENON

By 1972, a new proposed amendment to the US constitution had passed in both the US House and the Senate. The Equal Rights Amendment,...

‘THE UNLED LIVES CROWDING US NOW'

Most adults think, more or less frequently, of those alternative lives they could have lived: the relationship which didn't work out,...

 
 
 



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