David Womersley

Lockdown reading

Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year resonates with our new way of life

Emulation and evisceration

Noel Malcolm tells the story of western intellectual fascination with the Ottoman empire from the fall of Constantinople in 1453

Rabelais and the likely lads

A posthumous collection of poems by Geoffrey Hill embodies a controversial but impassioned idea of what poetry is and does

Irreverent reboot of well woke Will

Is Shakespeare 'accessible'? The truth is that Shakespeare’s plays combine an unusual accessibility of human situation with an unusual difficulty of language

Sam-I-Am’s Final Act

The last volume of his collected letters reveals Samuel Beckett at his most Beckettian

Was There An Irish Enlightenment?

What is "enlightenment", and did one happen in 18th-century Ireland?

The Prime And Vigour Of His Life

The final volume of Burke's writings proves we are living in a golden age of Burke scholarship

The Fine Art Of Editing Reveals The Real Eliot

The new edition of Eliot's elusive poems surprises, delights and informs

Hume’s ‘Treatise’ And The Problem Of Early Success

A new biography sheds light on the afterlife of Hume's writings

Reflections On Bourke’s Burke

A careful and learned account which will be required reading for future historians of Burke

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"