Salerno Diary

Finding solace in a corner of a foreign field

Decline Of The East? The Chinese Say No

China’s birthrate is higher than South Korea’s or Japan’s. Yet family life is thriving there as millions defy the one-child policy

Something Rotten

‘Occasionally one reads of an incident in this great metropolis so awful, so disturbing, that just for a moment one’s mental moorings are shaken’

Double Trouble In Thebes

Two productions of Antigone show the elasticity of one of the most challenging plays in the canon

Tough Tales For Dark Times

Erich Kästner's books for children shows that that difficult ideas don't have to be kept from young readers

An Incisive Observer

‘The first generation sweats on market stalls to give their kids the education that enables them, ultimately, to patronise their parents'

The Family is the Key to the Future of Faith

The postwar baby boom fuelled a religious revival, but the welfare state is no substitute for the family—or God

Life with Father

Sports-pages-stalwart Roger Mortimer's writing has been resurrected with the publication of letters to his children

Life With Father

Comparing Colette's protagonist Gigi with her namesake Gigi Chao shows that meddling family members are nothing new

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"