Mark Fisher

A journey towards faith

A novel set during the Algerian war has chilling relevance to what is happening in the Middle East today

Notes from the departure lounge

Robert McCrum's Every Third Thought asks: how, when, and where are we going after death?

Romantic Revolutionary

James Hamilton's biography of Thomas Gainsborough offers a portrait not just of the artist but also of the worlds he moved through

Poetry Prospers

The anthology Hwaet! proves poetry is alive and thriving at the Ledbury Poetry Festival

The Value Of Victoria

Paula Bartley's biography of Queen Victoria, based on the monarch's letters and journals, brings out surprising contradictions

Where The White Stuff Came From

Edmund De Waal's personal history of porcelain

Inside The Club

Conviviality and conversation at a bastion of the Establishment

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"