Kwasi Kwarteng

The Stuff of Legend

Robert Tombs's monumental history of the English is strengthened by how he tracks the wider developments on the Continent

Flawed but Thrilling Anatomy of Empire

This study of empire building is imaginative and vivid, but has a loose grip on detail

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"