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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
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
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"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above