Daniel Kalder investigates why dictators have aspired to be, as Stalin put it, “engineers of souls”, and – in pursuit of that object – have written some very long and very tedious books.
To read The Wife’s Tale is not just to hear about times past and far away, but to be transported into them
Angus McLaren explores a seedy tale from 1930s London.
In Hilary Spurling's biography, as in his life, Powell is seldom centre stage.
This is an awkward memoir, tentative and fragmented, but it is also a brave one
All three of these books raise questions about the still problematic idealisation of women in combat.
New interpreteations of ancient stories show the deep roots of our thinking about sex and gender
As Douglas Smith wisely surmises in his new book, trying to separate the mythology of Rasputin from the man himself is nearly impossible.
Entanglement unravels the knotty story of the hair trade, from the 19th century to the wigs of today's Orthodox Haredi.
A Nobel laureate captures the beginning of the “age of disasters”.