Critique

Abandoning narrative form in history writing leads to laziness, the omission of important facts, and a flimsier understanding of cause and effect. Why doesn’t the OUP know that?

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

The Western democratic state depends on a public space that is free, peaceful, and equally accessible to every citizen. How far can we go in shaping the space to meet the demands of ‘public morality’, before we upset this delicate balance?

Bernhard Schlink’s novel, The Reader, is both artistically and morally fraudulent. The oscar-winning film that sprung from it is no better

The Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert, whose collected work is now available in English for the first time, crystallised the ravages of invasion and communist rule in his quest to tell the truth about pain

The analytic philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe was able to reconcile her field with her faith, without “compartmentalising”, or compromising either

The memoirs of one of our most able and most cultivated politicians provide a useful reminder of the virtues of ordinary politics

Ancient Greek culture, Roman law and Eastern Christianity all contributed to the longevity of the Byzantine Empire

Writers are hidden beings, says the winner of the 2008 PEN/Nabokov Lifetime Achievement Award