Underrated: Shiva Naipaul

A warm and witty writer with a mordant eye for the bad and the bogus

Underrated: Wolf Biermann

The brave dissident East German singer and songwriter still standing up for freedom

Underrated: Jonathan Haidt

A bold critic of our present academic malaise

Underrated: Oswald Spengler

Saluting the memory of the seer who foresaw many of the factors threatening Western civilisation today

Underrated: Frank Field

The veteran Labour MP  has always championed the poor, but has now quit the party because of the far Left’s anti-Semitism

Underrated: Oliver Cromwell

The Lord Protector welcomed Jews and tolerated Catholics

Underrated: Charles Krauthammer

The greatest American journalist of his generation, who overcame severe disability but has died in his sixties

Underrated: Leon Kass

A man of science and the humanities who seeks a balance between research and ethics in the pursuit of a worthy life

Underrated: Max Ophüls

An émigré director whose camerawork of genius was rarely appreciated either in Europe or in Hollywood

Underrated: Winckelmann

Mary Beard’s bête noire, the father of art history and archaeology

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"