Following his on-air announcement of a prostate cancer scare last week, the Radio 2 DJ has been in thoughtful mode.
Indulging childishness is why we’re stuck with Boris Johnson, Katie Hopkins and Jeremy Clarkson.
A new Royal Academy of Arts exhibition makes Craig Raine yearn for the draughtsman rather than the dramatic.
"Time is short, life is short. There's a lot to know."
With Orwell-clear prose and a Trollope-sized cast, Curtain Call makes the 1930s glitter.
New memoirs from Antonia Fraser and David Lodge show very different British upbringings.
Polly Toynbee and David Walker's Cameron's Coup is an unashamedly caustic review of the last five years.
Detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi's account of the camp is heartbreaking. But it is crucial the truth is told.
Much has changed in English culture since 1710. But a new book argues our systems of power are less different than we might think.
It's a food Felicity Cloake has enjoyed since childhood. Now Paddington is helping to revive flagging marmalade sales.
I may be late to the party, but I am tough on ramekin – and on the causes of ramekin.
Perhaps the most pervasive source of self-censorship for writers is their relationships with the people around them.
Their triumph came through recognising that although their own oppression was important, it didn’t mean they couldn’t recognise others’ struggles as well.
Will the first instalment of Michael Cockerell’s documentary series given unprecedented access to parliament horrify or mollify voters?
The sequel will be titled “Go Set a Watchman”.
When we don’t let women live the whole range of humanity – making mistakes, screwing things up, not being very nice – we miss out.
Do games romanticise disasters?
Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.
The half-hour World Service program is just not cricket.
Now showing at London's Apollo Theatre, the 1994 play shines even brighter in an age when its characters could marry.
Thomas Pynchon's novel makes for a wistfully funny film adaptation.
Churchill: the Nation's Farewell and Modern Times: the Vikings Are Coming turn to life old and new.
Johan Harri's Chasing the Scream refutes today's anti-narcotics policy, while Edward Follis and Douglas Century's The Dark Art takes us undercover in the global drugs change.
The latest translation from the German author is an introspective, postmodern comedy.
Historians Jo Guldi and David Armitage have created a powerful, ambitious rebuttal to "the spectre of the short term".
Adventures of the Black Square at the Whitechapel Gallery is a fascinating examination of an artistic phenomenon.
Three sophisticated collections explore the paradox of poetry.
After spending three weeks in hospital with a suspected heart condition, Adrian Munsey decided to tackle The Longest Journey — the last unfilmed Forster novel.
Our desire for historical accuracy in films, TV programmes and books often tells us more about ourselves than it does about art.
There is much we could learn from the Victorian fight against filth. A new book by Lee Jackson clears the path.