Locked rooms and dark churchyards

A trio of 20th century novels each offer a different desideratum for the discerning lounger

We remain interested in Tocqueville because of the power of his thought, not his life story

One senses that, in this volume of Picasso’s life, John Richardson is only doing the hands and faces

Brian Groom’s Northerners weaves together a rich seam of rebels and innovators

Thread by thread, Mortimer unpicks the lies of David Stirling’s life

Time and again, Afghanistan has found its future decided from afar

Within six weeks of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination, most of Europe was at war

Stephen Kershaw may have taken accessibility too far in his classical account

Why has talking about books become the preserve of know-nothing celebrities?