Issue: January/February 2016

The Fine Art Of Editing Reveals The Real Eliot

The new edition of Eliot's elusive poems surprises, delights and informs

Erotic Tonic For A Mad World

Catullus's life — and snapshots of metropolitan Rome — are revealed through his poems in Daisy Dunn's quick-witted biography

The History Of Our History

Two new editions of classic texts illuminate the duality of deep histories

Keep The Red Flag From Dying

Growing up Communist in post-war Britain

Life In The Left Behind Party

How UKIP metamorphosed from ex-Tory Eurobores to a political force appealing to all manner of malcontents

Nordic Violet

An exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery sheds light on the work of the Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup

Il Faut Cultiver Notre Jardin

Monet was the first among many artists of his era who combined horticulture and painting

Is There A Right Way To Write?

Most of the rules enforced by pedants are pointless or outdated. But here are a few that may be useful

An Operatic Pilgrimage

After fifty years as a music critic, I finally made it to La Scala. What was I missing? Everything

From Agitprop To Elegy

Despite its political pieties, Caryl Churchill’s Here We Go is a thoughtful look at life and death

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"