George Walden

DIY Stravinsky

The future of art isn't determined by raw cash, as some lamenting the Coalition's Arts cuts dramatically make out

Plane Crazy

The recent air space shutdown has highlighted that only mad dogs and Englishmen would acquiesce to the aural torture of living under flight paths

Bloodstained Chancer

Trotsky: A Biography by Robert Service

China, Red in Tooth and Claw

Wolf Totem is a disconcerting mixture of nationalism, lupine metaphors and nostalgia for the age of nomads. But what does the novel’s runaway success tell us of the aspirations of the new China?

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"