Issue: April 2019

Overrated: Harry Potter

The bland, humourless and one-dimensional boy wizard pales against his more interesting friends

From old bore to sex god

"While priding himself on declaring that he knew nothing, the one topic Socrates was prepared to concede expertise in was love"

Why dog meat matters

The sickness of virtue-signalling is not confined to the woke Left, but has taken hold of our body politic as a whole

Underrated: William Brown

The hero of the Just William books promotes free speech and debunks communism

Where have all the people gone?

Hot and crowded. That is the conventional wisdom on what Planet Earth will be like in the not-so-distant future. But the related question of how many of us there will be in 50 or 100 years matters too

Preserved in aspic

Delving into a record of postwar family meals

Not too many happy returns

Calls for restitution of artworks taken during the colonial era are intensifying around the world

From Gandhi to Grandi

"In a savage and subtle critique of historical self-regard, Robert Crowcroft brilliantly sums up the problem with Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement policy"

The books I wish I’d never read

"This was the great discovery: that books could let you in to places of danger. Perhaps inevitably this included places you regretted having gone"

Spoiled for choice

Joshua Harmon’s new play about the struggle to get into top American universities could not be more timely

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"