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An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens

Elizabethans transformed

There is little about our current dilemmas that our parents and grandparents have not already confronted and survived

Revisiting Nazi myths

Products of paranoid imaginations, less closely linked than might appear

The invention of Stoppard

“It appears to have been a sense that it was all becoming too easy that prompted Tom Stoppard to resolve, on his 23rd birthday, to give up journalism and write a play”

The lure of totalitarianism

"Across the Western world, friends and families have fallen out over their diverging views on the populism that has flourished in the past two decades"

Sphinx without a secret

"Whether it’s the shadow government or the global elite, if it’s not one sinister cabal intent on taking over the world, then it’s another"

Inventing the sublime

As far as Rev Gilpin was concerned, he would have to rearrange Nature in his sketchbook until she became, in his approving term, “Picturesque”

The weird West

How would you complete this sentence? “I am . . .” Did you say “a journalist/lawyer/doctor” or “adventurous/intelligent/intellectually curious”? Or did you say “I am Arthur’s mother” or “Emily’s Dad”?

An ark in the deluge

"Libraries and archives are central to democracy because they are the storehouses of knowledge and truth"

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens
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