Paul Johnson

Misfortune Made the Man

The worst episode in Hugh Trevor-Roper’s career made him a better man

The Resolute Courage of Margaret Thatcher

The woman I knew for 40 years was persistent but never provocative. She will be ranked among the very greatest figures in English history

Not Hitler’s Pope, But No Saint Either

Robert A. Ventresca's attempt to dispassionately assess the divisive Pope Pius XVII's pontificate is well-meaning but a penance to read

A Tragic Loss of Artistic Talent

Mirabel and Hugh Cecil's In Search of Rex Whistler is a fine tribute to a major artist cut down in his prime

Novelists at Arms

Evelyn Waugh said that WWII would serve writers well, replenishing their stocks of experience. But several works borne out of the war were masterpieces of literature

Moderation in (Almost) All

Book review of Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table by Cita Stelzer

After Strange Gods

Review of Treason of the Heart: From Thomas Paine to Kim Philby by David Pryce-Jones

The Reign of Spain

Book Review: The Golden Age: The Spanish Empire of Charles V by Hugh Thomas

St Gilbert of Fleet Street

Book Review: The Wit and Wisdom of G. K. Chesterton selected by Bevis Hillier

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"