Critique

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

Until recently, it was assumed that Trilling had written only one long fiction, The Middle of the Journey (1947). Now, thanks to Geraldine Murphy we know that Trilling was a third of the way through another novel, begun years earlier

Each new translation of Islam’s most sacred text offers fresh insights into its meaning. Yet there are still surprises in a book that is not only hard to read, but hard to know how to read, even for Muslims

Higher education has been hijacked by the quangocracy: teaching is neglected, research is distorted by bogus assessment methods, and trust in professional judgement is gone