Ellen Alpsten

The Leaning Tower of Dresden

In his epic novel 'The Tower' Uwe Tellkamp brilliantlydepicts the grotesque idiosyncrasies of the GDR’s bureaucracy

Queen of Hearts

500 years ago Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's least known wife, best-selling author and England's most married queen was born

The Wagner Family Soap Opera Rolls On

'The Wagner family has never let Bayreuth and the festival out if its grip — today it is still run by two of Richard's great-granddaughters'

Thank God for a Good Education

London became a better place to live after we became involved with our local church in a quest for a good school for our sons

Dreams for their Children

The rise of Kenya's middle class offers the country, and the whole continent, hope for the future

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"