This summer’s dumbing down is just the prelude to ditching everything this great festival stands for

Commercial art forms may yet save the Western tradition from its propensity to self-destruction

Peter Paterson’s engaging memoir evokes an era of Fleet Street camaraderie which has long since disappeared

Films like The King’s Speech can help to remedy the failure of our schools to teach history

‘Who would want a dusty collection of children’s books, their spines broken, written in German?’

Life in Birmingham as a vicar’s wife opened our Mole’s eyes to what has become of Britain’s second city

Book Reviews: Crown and Country: A History of England Through the Monarchy by David Starkey; and The Story of England by Michael Wood