Jeremy Jennings

Envoy Sans Pareil

The ambassador of ill-repute, Prince Talleyrand

A Man Of Words, Not Of Deeds

Alexis de Tocqueville: a mediocre minister but a memoirist of genius

The Elusive Question Master

Jeremy Paxman's memoir is a moving and witty account of a postwar upbringing and TV career, but we learn little of the man behind the persona

Lunch With Hollande

The President of the Republic is intelligent, good-humoured, and likeable, but it's hard to shake the feeling that his time in office has been disastrous

Is France As Doomed As Houellebecq Thinks?

‘Submission’ is a deeply unpleasant, dystopian novel, but something does ring true in this unlikely tale of an Islamist takeover in Paris

Monarchy Without Kings

For anyone interested in the founding of the American Republic this work is indispensable reading

How Conspiracy Theories Take Off

Adam Zomoyski's Phantom Terrors is timely, as well as elegantly written

The Enlightenment on Horseback

Andrew Roberts’s account of the life 'Napoleon the Great' is magisterial and beautifully written

What Do We Mean When We Speak of Freedom?

Two rival concepts of liberty have their roots in medieval canon law and Anglo-Saxon England

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"