Civilisation

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

Thatcherism provoked great TV but the makers of Headcases are too liberal, too condescending and not nearly angry enough

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

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

After a six-year gap, the tenor returns to his first love, singing the Evangelist in both the St Matthew and the St John Passions with Bernard Haitink

The Left has lost its monopoly, but new political plays like Brenton’s Never So Good still reveal a tin ear for language