David Womersley

Adieu to Claret

The spiralling cost of Bordeaux means the wine will soon be the preserve of millionaires and wine journalists alone

Connoisseur of Fraud

Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography by Adam Sisman

Carol Ann Duffy

The Poet Laureate's verses aren't bad, but have more in common with tabloid headlines than the works of her great predecessors

Trevor-Roper and Gibbon: A Tale of Two Historians

Hugh Trevor Roper was the greatest historical stylist of the 20th century. Yet he never produced a masterpiece to rival that of his great hero and predecessor, Edward Gibbon

We’ve Been Here Before

The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis

Tale of Two Meals

Encouraging a chef's creativity is fine, until you're served a triangular wafer in a cocktail glass

Terry Eagleton

This dull idealogue's quest - to debauch the intellectual currency of literary study - has had a lamentable influence

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"