Issue: June 2019

Perils of paying off the pirates

Kidnapping remains a lucrative business. Anja Shortland's new book examines how and where it thrives

Rights and privileges

‘Rights language gives less and less help in the resolution of conflicts’

In defence of globalisation

Free trade is not without costs — but those costs are outweighed by the benefits. And where costs exist, the answer to “open” is rarely “closed”

Miller’s tales and Nordic gloom

Willy Loman is back in town, still pursuing the American dream, while Ibsen’s unhappy ghosts return too

More money, more problems

‘It is odd that wealth and position should play a part in Tory leadership considerations —but again they surely will’

Scones and jam in the fridge

The lives of Southern Irish Protestants are almost invisible to external observers. A new book of essays sets out to reveal something of them

Singled out by the stupid

Imperialism has been a fact of historical life, at all times and throughout the world. So why is the British variety singled out? Jeremy Black has raised his head above the parapet, not so much to defend the Empire as to ponder why it arouses such animosity

Tidying up the trivial

Jonathan Rée’s history of philosophy is way too long but worth sticking with for the connections it makes across whole networks of thought

Cry, the rapidly crumbling country

President Ramaphosa has won the election but his position is fragile: South Africa faces poverty, inequality and corruption almost entirely self-inflicted by the ruling ANC

Design for living and loving

The three lives of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus

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