Issue: May 2012

Jihad Central

As Robert S. Leiken argues in his brilliant new book, Britain's lost confidence in nationhood has made it the centre of European jihadism

Bouquets and Barbed Wire

Orlando Figes's Just Send Me the Word conveys the enduring love of a couple whose incarceration in Stalin's gulags couldn't suppress

Truths Stranger Than Fiction

Lionel Shriver's new novel brilliantly describes the problems of on-the-spot reportage, a journalistic difficulty negotiated deftly in two recent books about The Troubles

Never a Dull Verse

Clive James's new collection of poetry looks at his past but is far from mournful nostalgia; it celebrates his eventful life

The Silence of the Intellectuals

'The intelligentsia ignored the irruption of religious fanaticism into domestic British politics. In the face of these foes of civilisation, silence is the worst form of cowardice'

Choking Charities

'Charitable income will suffer from the Budget, as the Treasury knows'

Corporation Crackdown

'Surely tax avoidance is perfectly legal? Not when you are a multinational corporation operating in the third world, it seems'

Vinyl Revival Causes Discord

The resurrection of the LP pleases romantics but it risks dividing the classical music community

Labour’s Losing Legacy

'New Labour's top brass doesn't live on council estates, but it might have the decency to check the impact its policies have had on the UK labour market'

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"