Issue: July/August 2011

In the Steps of the Spanish

Book reviews of Love: A Secret History by Simon May and All About Love by Lisa Appignanesi


Book review of A Pilgrim in Spain by Christopher Howse

Party Lines

Haven't we been here before? The cliche that won't go away from US political debate

The Temptation of Dr Johnson

Party Lines overhears the latest debate about what not to tell the children

Our Superman in Havana

The great man of letters was better at holding a debate than his drink

Underrated: Ken Dodd

One could question José Raúl Capablanca's attitude, but not the Cuban conquistador's craft

Overrated: Richard Layard

The indefatigable showbusiness veteran manages to deliver happiness without a PhD or a government diktat


The utopian Labour peer's new science of happiness is doing wonders for its inventor

The Genius of Geometry

David Brooks is political flavour of the month this side of the Atlantic, so in thrall is Westminster to Barack Obama

A Triumph for Mr Bean

Reworking a masterpiece can be a tricky business. The National Theatre succeeds with Goldoni but not with Chekhov

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"