Ancestral restraints and worrying political powers in this week's First Thoughts.
As the party has shed votes to the SNP and the Greens, the Tories have emerged in front merely by standing still.
A new Royal Academy of Arts exhibition makes Craig Raine yearn for the draughtsman rather than the dramatic.
With school music spending down and the benefits system crippled, the voices of pop have lost their bite.
Young Eliot, the first volume of Robert Crawford's new T S Eliot biography, shows how a bruising home life led to poetic breakthrough.
With Orwell-clear prose and a Trollope-sized cast, Curtain Call makes the 1930s glitter.
New memoirs from Antonia Fraser and David Lodge show very different British upbringings.
Polly Toynbee and David Walker's Cameron's Coup is an unashamedly caustic review of the last five years.
Detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi's account of the camp is heartbreaking. But it is crucial the truth is told.
Much has changed in English culture since 1710. But a new book argues our systems of power are less different than we might think.
The half-hour World Service program is just not cricket.
Now showing at London's Apollo Theatre, the 1994 play shines even brighter in an age when its characters could marry.
Thomas Pynchon's novel makes for a wistfully funny film adaptation.
The drug can cause symptoms akin to a UTI – recurrant use may lead to severe bladdar damage.
Cayenne pepper and foot-and-mooth colour Rutland's election history.
Heady pints, asteroid fights and the finest living example of the London landlady.
It's a food Felicity Cloake has enjoyed since childhood. Now Paddington is helping to revive flagging marmalade sales.
I may be late to the party, but I am tough on ramekin – and on the causes of ramekin.
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