‘New York feels much calmer than London about the financial crisis. It’s not clear if this attitude is a product of resignation or sheer denial, schadenfreude against wealthy financiers, or perhaps a kind of emotional hardiness born of the 9/11 attacks.’

The new movie version of Waugh’s classic fails to match either the novel or the TV series

This sumptuous, confident telling of an 18th-century duchess’s story may spark some welcome interest in our British history

Art is not culture or entertainment, it is complexity, the ‘I’ in life, ambition, the ambiguity of humanity, serious about itself

This summer, we’ve seen the release of two more leftwing documentaries. Isn’t it about time the other side said its piece?

Far from sending out subliminal religious messages, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is an uncomplicated adaptation of a children’s classic

The latest literary biopic, The Edge of Love, presents Dylan Thomas as a dreary boorish philanderer, not a great writer

No novelist since Stevenson imparts so much energy into simple-seeming sentences through inch-perfect phrasing and punctuation