Critique

In search of ‘English Proust’

Can the Recherche be adapted and remain Proust? And should it really be seen as therapy?

Dread, time and the pandemic

Søren Kierkegaard’s reflections on worry are useful reading for those in lockdown

Wittgenstein’s self-isolation

“Complete solitude” in a remote Norwegian village led to the most productive time of his life

The healing power of birdsong

The ornithologist W.H. Hudson sought wilderness in the city. It is as if he was writing for us today

Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps

John Buchan was a writer with a rich hinterland—and an affection for “shockers”

Frayed cassocks

A book by Coleridge published in 1830 offers useful advice for perplexed Anglicans today

Internal adventures

Fans of George Eliot are celebrating her bicentenary

Clubland battle of the bookmen

When a gossip columnist criticised Thackeray, Dickens weighed in to savage his rival

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"
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