Piers Paul Read

The Enduring Myths Of Catholic Inequality

Anti-Catholic calumnies remain deeply embedded in our culture. Professor Rodney Stark's Bearing False Witness hopes to refute them

Father and son: the Herbert Read I knew

A filial memoir of Britain’s apostle of modernism in art

The Servant of the servants of God Departs in Peace

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation surprised the world, but the elderly pontiff leaves office having accomplished his mission

Bigotry or Dissent?

As dissenters are labelled bigots and homophobes in the same-sex marriage debate; has Britain become too intolerant for free speech?

Dreyfus and the Birth of Intellectual Protest

Zola inspired other writers and artists to defend the jailed Jewish officer. Yet he himself was not free of the taint of anti-Semitism

A Life Less Ordinary

Book review of G.K. Chesterton: A Biography by Ian Ker

Ancient and Modern

A.C. Grayling's not-so-good book just reinforces quite how special are other holy texts

Git Lit, or: Why Old Age is All the Rage

Men are living for longer than ever and their late-life crises provide a rich seam for the novelist to mine

United States: The Path to Rome via San Francisco

‘In the 1950s, Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene wrote triumphalist Catholic novels with miracles as part of the story — Brideshead Revisited, The End of the Affair. They were bestsellers. Since Vatican II, however, the tenor of Catholic fiction has been doubt, dissent and disillusion.

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"