Books
23 May 2005
Scratch the surface of a member of the Bloomsbury Group and, for all their engaging iconoclasm, you will find a core of...
Books
10 May 2004
Biographers are born worriers, teasing out the significance of obscure details in a ceaseless quest for insights into...
Politics
29 March 2004
Photographed in flowing Coronation robes in 1953, Oliver Baldwin looked like a portly grandee in one of his favourite...
Culture
01 December 2003
After a competition for an essay about Wales, the European Commission scrabbled around for a suitable prize. Eventually...
Books
12 March 2001
To the outside world, Henry Spencer Ashbee was a typical dutiful Victorian. He was running the English end of a Hamburg...
Culture
11 December 2000
Goebbels kept a diary, but (as the Sunday Times found to its cost) Hitler didn't. Queen Victoria painstakingly wrote...
Books
11 September 2000
In 1954, the New Statesman ran a profile of Lady Violet Bonham Carter - the daughter of the one-time prime minister...
Food and Drink
20 September 1999
Now that sex has lost its mystery, money is the new rock'n'roll. Or so we are led to believe. Biographers are certainly...
Culture
06 September 1999
I like to think the Liverpool rock band Space knew they were quoting Rudyard Kipling in "The Female of the Species",...
Books
26 July 1999
There is not much Jamesian nuance in Jean Strouse's approach to American super-banker J Pierpont Morgan. She piles...