Books

Jonathan Rée’s history of philosophy is way too long but worth sticking with for the connections it makes across whole networks of thought

The three lives of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus

Is Shakespeare ‘accessible’? The truth is that Shakespeare’s plays combine an unusual accessibility of human situation with an unusual difficulty of language

Kierkegaard’s spirit has never been laid to rest. He is the philosopher of angst and dread: the conscience-stricken companion of modern consciousness

A full Brexit would give the UK an opportunity to re-set our relationship with the land and the seas — if the current impasse is resolved so that we are no longer bound by CAP

The radical Jewdas Haggadah provides a rag-week version of the Passover ceremony for pubescent Marxists

André and Simone Weil were two sides of the same coin: impatient; determined; brilliant; attracted to ancient wisdom and ideas

There are shades of Philby in Richard Sorge, the hard-drinking, motorcycling, womanising rake whose cover as an arrogant Nazi convinced the German official community in Tokyo that he was one of them

John Buchan’s labours not only served the public good: they provided the raw material and characters for his thrillers

David Laws demolishes a conspiracy theory about the death of Lord Kitchener and does it very classily indeed