18 October 1999
Memoirs by academics don't usually cause an angry public stir, but then Edward W Said is an unusual academic. For years...
Food and Drink
The continent turned upside down. Bosnia, Kosovo, the fall of communism - this has been Europe's most turbulent decade since the forties. And it has shown up the EU's aim of political integration as sheer hubris
19 July 1999
No gift of insight or hindsight is needed to see that the past ten years form the most important decade in European...
05 July 1999
We have won a great victory, and acquired a new province. Already you can hear Kosovo spoken of as a "protectorate",...
10 May 1999
Several years after the end of the Crimean war, Richard Cobden said: "I was so convinced of the utter uselessness of...
Look right, look left, look right again. Quoted by Major and Blair, a hero of Republican hawks in America, an anti-Stalinist, a "Tory Socialist" - Orwell's politics remain endlessly open to interpretation. Why?
02 April 1999
Although great writers have always been open to widely differing readings and interpretations - it's one of the things...
From the margins to the centre. The English mistrust of ideas has allowed the influence of French thinkers to dominate academe and cultural journalism. Two new books reopen the old ideological wounds
05 February 1999
More than 30 years ago, Louis Spears published a book on Petain and de Gaulle under the provocative title Two Men Who...
04 December 1998
One field of publishing has to be run by inspired guesswork. Authors and publishers of literary fiction or biography...
04 December 1998
When Tony Blair was asked recently to name his favourite book, he said The Lord of the Rings. Pausing only to stifle a...
The darkness at noon for Arthur Koestler was in his heart. Yet his early work, inspired by his disillusionment with communism, will survive the memory of his unlovable personality
20 November 1998
Not all extraordinary writers lead extraordinary lives - some shelter happily in ivory towers of the imagination - but...