The church has lost its way but our need for lasting purpose remains

Roger Moorhouse shows it’s possible to treat modern history properly and in context

John Self reviews Sorry for Your Trouble by Richard Ford, This is Pleasure by Mary Gaitskill and Cleanness by Garth Greenwell

Daniel Johnson reviews Wagner’s Parsifal, by Roger Scruton

On a range of issues liberal politicians pursued policies opposed by voters

Lisa Hilton reviews Very Important People, by Ashley Mears

Christopher Bray reviews Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen

The hip young authors who write about their greatest obsession – themselves

Alexander Larman reviews Fall of the House of Byron, by Emily Brand

John Preston reviews Beneath the Streets by Adam Macqueen