A novel set during the Algerian war has chilling relevance to what is happening in the Middle East today
Robert McCrum’s Every Third Thought asks: how, when, and where are we going after death?
James Hamilton’s biography of Thomas Gainsborough offers a portrait not just of the artist but also of the worlds he moved through
The anthology Hwaet! proves poetry is alive and thriving at the Ledbury Poetry Festival
Paula Bartley’s biography of Queen Victoria, based on the monarch’s letters and journals, brings out surprising contradictions
Edmund De Waal’s personal history of porcelain
Conviviality and conversation at a bastion of the Establishment