Issue: April 2013

Reader Competition: Design the “Civilisation Cocktail”

The winning drink will be served at the inaugural Standpoint salon

Life with Father

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

What To Do With the Huddled Masses?

David Goodhart's The British Dream isn't a scintillating read, but it is a thoughtful articulation of the UK's changing attitudes to immigration

The Moneybags and the Brains

The Bretton Woods conference of 1944 saw a historic meeting of economists that changed the world forever

Weathering The Storm

Global Crisis by Geoffrey Parker is a masterpiece of historical scholarship, but fails entirely in its stated aim of linking political disaster to a changing climate

Monstrosities of a Vile Victorian

Linda Stratmann's attempt to exculpate the Marquess of Queensberry of his myriad sins is a misguided stab at rescuing a the reputation of a truly wretched man

Russia’s Poisoned Hinterland

The Last Man in Russia by Oliver Bullough charts the unsavoury history of alcoholism, violence, abortions and nihilism in the former USSR. For all this, it is beautifully written

Transatlantic Vanity Project

Frederic Raphael and Joseph Epstein's published correspondence is a phoney exercise in literary bitchiness and mutual back-slapping

More Than a Curmudgeon

R.S. Thomas is frequently characterised as a misanthropic ogre. On the centenary of his birth, the publication of his humane Uncollected Poems belies this misplaced view

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