Our values today are of consumerism and instant gratification, inherited from our Victorian forebears

An expensive evacuation of the Palace of Westminster has now fallen out of favour

Science needn’t be difficult and dull, but we must inspire people with its wonders

Woefully out of touch and with falling congregations, the Church of England faces a crisis of leadership and theology

Long live the golden age of British television, when great actors imbued classic roles with risky, multifaceted complexity

A trip to Afghanistan to report on the destruction of the opium crop almost resulted in death

The delicate process of writing the biography of a wary Sir Ronald Harwood

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s many passions included a view of Empire that would today be regarded as racist

How will society be changed by the over-production of female graduates?

Gatsby aside, F. Scott Fitzgerald — the Jazz-Age chronicler — is dispensable