Is This True?

The Emperor Napoleon carries all before him. He insists that in every town he enters, bells are rung. He comes to a town where there is total silence. He summons the Mayor: ‘why aren’t the bells ringing?’ The Mayor replies: ‘There are three reasons, Your Royal Highness, firstly we have no bells,’ ‘Enough’, says Napoleon.

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens