Books
11 October 2004
If Richard Woodman is now the premier writer about the sea, combining the fictional talents of Patrick O'Brian with the...
Books
13 September 2004
Piracy, a phenomenon still very much with us in the Straits of Mal-acca and the China Sea, has always excited contempt...
Books
14 June 2004
From 1620 onwards, corsairs from North Africa periodically raided the west coast of England and carried off men, women...
Books
16 February 2004
After Nathaniel Philbrick's retel-ling of the Essex saga and Caroline Alexander's recent stab at the Bounty story,...
Books
03 November 2003
After the clashes on celluloid between Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard, and Mel...
Books
15 September 2003
Republican Rome lasted nearly 500 years, from 510-44BC, in which time the city advanced from being an obscure...
Books
10 March 2003
Nineteen forty is one of the key dates in French history, like 1789 or 1871, when sensational events gripped the...
Books
27 January 2003
Heavy drinking is usually thought to be a predominantly masculine activity. In her scholarly study of the eight Gin...
Books
07 October 2002
Today, Philip Henry Gosse is remembered, if at all, as the formidable patriarch and tyrannical religious maniac in his...
Books
19 August 2002
The American civil war is the most dramatic episode in US history. More than 620,000 soldiers died in the four-year...
Books
01 April 2002
Just as no Germans could be found after 1945 who admitted to having been Nazi sympathisers, so there were no French who...
Food and Drink
11 February 2002
In 1455, all Europe's printed books could have been carried on a single wagon. Today, ten billion books are printed...
Food and Drink
17 December 2001
Far more books have been written about Napoleon than there were days in his life, and the fascination with him never...
Books
22 October 2001
Gustave Flaubert probably comes closest to the putative Platonic ideal of the writer who sacrifices everything for his...
Culture
08 October 2001
When Laurens van der Post died in 1996, aged 90, the received view was that he was a distinguished explorer and...

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