Catherine Brown

Laughter in the dark: ‘The Death of Stalin’

By making fun of pure evil, Armando Iannucci’s film has polarised opinion in Britain. But it deserves to be seen­ — especially in Russia

Heartless Hero for the Hipster Generation

It is a fact that a high proportion of unreliable narrators of novels are intelligent, arrogant, badly-behaved, young males.

And I Too Have Been In Anglo-Arcadia

The Durrells' Anglo-Greek love affair — and Catherine Brown's

Pinned Down At Last: The Dean Of English Satirists

John Stubbs's biography defends Jonathan Swift from charges of irreverence and misanthropy, and evokes the roughness of his times

An Orgy Of Revenge In A Man’s World

L.S. Hilton's Maestra is a spectacular act of revenge on the English upper class and on men

Reader, I Married Him

"English writers have fallen out of love with marriage, and I shared their scepticism — until now."

Why ‘Lady Chatterley’ Still Provokes Us

On the set of the BBC’s recent adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s novel, I realised that his most controversial book is as important as ever

The Real Life of Nabokov

The book is beautifully done, but it is long and feels uneven

Our love affair with Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy's study of adultery is widely thought of as a romantic work. But don't send it to your lover

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"