Jonathan Gaisman

A reckoning for justice

Thomas Grant's "Court Number One" reveals the changing values of the society which the criminal justice system ultimately exists to enforce

Describing the indescribable

Very few of our greatest writers have managed to capture the emotional essence of music

Hungary’s Tolstoy

Miklós Bánffy's Transylvanian Trilogy is full of exceptional richness, character and colour

A brief light on a field of shades

Francis Thompson’s strange and ephemeral life gave rise to poetry which, though long out of fashion, captures the nostalgia of cricket

Lover of Venice, Proust and song

The chansons of Reynaldo Hahn are haunting and evocative. They deserve to be better known

The devout sceptic: hope for those of little faith

Despite incessant attacks from militant atheists, God is not dead. To doubt is human, but we can still take comfort in the sacred mysteries

Poles apart, linked by one instrument

Chopin and Wanda Landowska were very different musicians with only one thing in common

Musical mountain obscured by cloud

Two centuries on, Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata is still as enigmatic and sublime as ever

Dürer’s diversion

A Milan exhibition shows how much Dürer was influenced by the Italian masters

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"