Simon Heffer

National Anthems

For too long British classical music has gone unheard. Thankfully, what was once deemed a "guilty pleasure" is now getting regular airtime

Oh, What a Lovely War

Nostalgia for the war runs deep in our cultural memory; Matthew Sweet's new book shows why

Game Over

Despite the current success of England's test team, the county game is at an all-time cricketing low. It needs a dramatic overhaul

Pevsner’s Monument

Nikolaus Pevsner was the man who catalogued England. His project is well worth another read

Flouting (Not Flaunting) the Rules of English

The teaching of grammar should be at the heart of the school syllabus. Without it we are killing intellectual curiosity

Ayn Rand: Prophet of Capitalism

Why Atlas Shrugged, the libertarian's bible, is back in the bestseller lists

The Depth of English Music

Radio stations and record companies are finally giving our native composers some exposure - now it's up to us to listen

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"