Derwent May


I taught English in Poland in the 1960s and can safely say there were virtually no Communists in the country

What’s in a Name?

In Literary Names, Alastair Fowler describes the surprising ways authors have christened their characters

Never a Dull Verse

Clive James's new collection of poetry looks at his past but is far from mournful nostalgia; it celebrates his eventful life

Sweet Talk

We live in a euphemistic commercial age where "plain" chocolate just simply will not do

Classic Teller of Painful Truths

The Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert, whose collected work is now available in English for the first time, crystallised the ravages of invasion and communist rule in his quest to tell the truth about pain

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"