Noel Malcolm

More or less misleading

We must fact-check the government’s claims about its coronavirus testing regime. But who will check the checkers?

In the heartlands of white-flag academia

When I tried to find out why my pro-Brexit article was turned down I was rebuffed — showing the intellectual conformism of universities

The Talmudist in the Tower

Ofir Haivry's study of John Selden, the 17th-century lawyer and polymath who engaged deeply with Jewish legal traditions, is searching and original

The “B” Word

‘Is it too much to suggest that political wisdom may be quite evenly distributed through the population — even among the poor?’

Underrated: George Enescu

We should welcome the belated rediscovery of this neglected giant of 20th-century music

The Pagan Problem In Western Thought

"By all means, let the wicked fry in Hell—but why should they find themselves frying alongside innocent and virtuous pagans?"

The Few Who Rule The Many

Alan Ryan’s colossal new history of political thought is an ambitious but engaging piece of scholarship

Interregnum Interrogator

God's Instruments is a coherent, elegant collection of essays that confirms Blair Worden as one of our finest historians of the English civil wars

Don’t Mention the War

Book review of The Wartime Journals by Hugh Trevor-Roper; edited by Richard Davenport-Hines

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"