Books
11 September 2006
"Westminster scandals exposed!!" screeches the publisher's blurb. "A senior Tory lifts the lid on the prostitutes and...
Books
08 May 2006
How lovely to be reading about English rakes as John Prescott goes prancing through the tabloids with a lady in red...
Books
03 October 2005
This marvellous book could be retitled The Big Brother House, 1940. Take a disparate bunch of geniuses, mostly in their...
Books
25 July 2005
Back in the days when women were gels and chaps were gentlemen, the Honourable Lady Whatsit was expected to be a...
Politics
09 May 2005
I'm on the ITV boat moored at the London Eye. We've just won Putney. So Blair's going to get a bloody nose, the Lib...
Books
18 April 2005
This book is breathtaking. Partly, it is the casual way huge sums of money are flung about: "Airey offered us a nightly...
Books
14 February 2005
This wonderful book should be compulsory reading for selection committees, or those on job interview panels, or anyone...
Books
15 November 2004
No, no. Not that Mary Robinson. This one lived roughly 200 years earlier than the former Irish president and was a high...
Books
13 September 2004
Oh, my. Don't I get the juicy jobs? I read Lascivious Bodies while staying with my 92-year-old mother. It seemed unwise...
Books
12 July 2004
One day in 1741, an enterprising Dutch sea captain called Douwemout van der Meer purchased an Indian, one-horned rhino...
Books
24 May 2004
They say that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't there. Tosh, say I. Some of us, ranging from Tariq Ali to Jack...
Ideas
05 April 2004
Patricia Fara's thesis is that although science has usually been seen as a male preserve, women have often shared in...
Books
01 March 2004
A remarkable photo in this book shows 40 men and women in Brussels in October 1933. They include a frail Marie Curie,...
UK Politics
26 January 2004
Scandal! Oh, lovely: here's another book delving into the unlaced corsets of British history, with lashings of - well,...
Politics
10 November 2003
Chairman Mao was once asked what he thought would have happened if in 1963 Khrushchev had been assassinated instead of...

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