J.W.M. Thompson

The First Steps of a Great Newspaperman

Sarah Johnson introduces an account by her late father of his earliest days in journalism

Trials of Windsor Life

Book review of The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney

He Never Had It So Good

Review of The Macmillan Diaries Prime Minister and After, 1957-1966 Edited by Peter Catterall Macmillan

A Vanished World

Peter Paterson's engaging memoir evokes an era of Fleet Street camaraderie which has long since disappeared

The Misfit at No 10

State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974 by Dominic Sandbrook and Edward Heath: The Authorised Biography by Philip Ziegler

Close to the Bone

The Oxford Book of Parodies by John Gross

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"