15 March 2012
The Church’s loss is the world’s gain. There are not many brave enough to take the risk of starting a new...
16 February 2012
Religion for Atheists: a Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of ReligionAlain de BottonHamish Hamilton, 320pp, £18.99...
23 January 2012
George F Kennan: an American LifeJohn Lewis GaddisAllen Lane, 800pp, £30“This whole tendency to see ourselves as...
12 December 2011
Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order Philip Coggan Allen Lane, 304pp, £20 "I wasn't...
10 November 2011
Grand Pursuit: the Story of Economic Genius Sylvia NasarFourth Estate, 558pp, £25Assessing the state of economics as he...
06 October 2011
12 September 2011
On JG Ballard
08 September 2011
The 11 September 2001 attacks were a new kind of warfare. Waged by small, decentralised, highly mobile groups not...
15 August 2011
As a child, Elias Canetti treasured Robinson Crusoe. The author of Auto da Fé (1935), the nightmarish story of a self-...
18 July 2011
Titus Awakes: the Lost Book of Gormenghast Maeve Gilmore, based on a fragment by Mervyn PeakeVintage, 288pp, £7....
09 June 2011
Death in Florence: the Medici, Savonarola and the Battle for the Soul of the Renaissance CityPaul StrathernJonathan...
12 May 2011
Robots and us
27 April 2011
For those who still subscribe to the orthodoxy of "two cultures" (and there are many), science and...
14 April 2011
Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis, Mystics and the Sixties Robert Irwin Profile Books, 288pp, £14.99"It was in my first...
31 March 2011
The New North: the World in 2050 Laurence C SmithProfile Books, 336pp, £20It is easier to know what cannot be than to...