Noel Malcolm

The State of the State

The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life by Kenneth Minogue

The Honorary Ottoman

Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis

On Being an Essayist

How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell

Spare the Thumbscrews

The Italian Inquisition by Christopher F. Black

Irascible Iron Man

Calvin by Bruce Gordon

Men on the Menu

An Intellectual History of Cannibalism by Catalin Avramescu

The Odd Couple

The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding by Robert Zaretsky and John T. Scott

The Guru of Gossip

Maurice Bowra: A Life by Leslie Mitchell

Crash Course

The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson

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"