Books

The (not so) gentlemen of 18th-century London were a libidinous lot

Can art reflect a nation’s spirit through its depictions of one of its favourite games?

The writing is laced with the sins of myth-making: boring, trite, incoherent, lazy and unfunny

There was much naivety in depicting the Anglo-Burmese engagement as one of mutual enlightenment

The temperance campaigners realised that a picture can achieve more than a thousand words of argument

“Gender critical” feminists have represented the best of feminism

Murders haunt the longest days as well as the shortest

The book world is on its last legs. So how we can bring it back from the dead?

The most pernicious effect of aligning art with political activism is that the distinction between the two is lost

Every literary season has a book that comes from nowhere and seems to gallop ahead of the competition