Issue: July/August 2018

Empires and their aftermath

Heavy-hitters tackling big subjects of direct relevance to Britain today — now that is good news

A battle that concerns us all

Ed Husain argues in his new book "The House of Islam" that the key struggle of our time is within Islam itself

The boy in the ice-cream shop

Was Hans Asperger a benevolent and humane doctor? Or was he deeply implicated in Nazi psychiatry and its darkest episode, euthanasia?

Novel approach

The five Ancient Greek romances that have made it down to us in their entirety are an enigma

An Exhibition of and for the nation

The Royal Academy’s summer bunfight has long ceased to be the place for new waves to emerge

Why the small stage is beautiful

Little theatres like the Donmar and Jermyn Street are important venues for attracting new audiences

The heroes who came up with zero

‘Arabic’ numerals came to Europe from India — but ancient Sumerians invented them

Music makes us socially mobile

Scottish nationalists seem out to destroy a precious musical heritage built up over many generations

Eugène Delacroix

There is, or should be, no question about his being great. But there are also so many things about Delacroix’s art that today seem off-putting, even repulsive.

Overrated: Ian Hislop

The editor of Private Eye, once Britain’s leading satirical magazine, is no dissenter but a key member of the establishment

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"