The Greatest Man I Ever Knew?

The rich, varied, and absorbing life, and careers, of John Freeman

The Politics Of The Bottle

The political implications of prosecco versus a pint

Left Foot Forward

A plethora of new Left-leaning French magazines show that in France the intellectuals remain socialist

Victorian Values

A "Metaphysical" dining society sets an example for today's academics

Drawing A Line

How did a cartoonist who regularly draws Mohammed feel on hearing about the events in Paris?

Write On

In today's publishing world, independent authors are at a huge advantage

Poetic Injustice

The Arts Council is no longer subsidising poetry publishers but giving direct grants to poets instead. The result: the death of the enriching working relationship between editor and poet

Kindle a Passion

I have no doubt my new ebook, Islamophilia, would have scared any conventional publisher to death

Publisher Be Damned

The feud at Germany’s most respected publishing house reads like a passage from Vanity Fair written by Thomas Mann

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"