Issue: November 2013

The Chief Whip And The Man In The Mask

Mariella Novotny's part in the Profumo affair was just one episode in a strange and secretive life

What Would Escoffier Say?

French cuisine is in the soup. What is to be done?

The New Normal

The questions posed by the financial crisis remain unanswered

A Personal Story of Memory and Survival

Simon Schama's Story of the Jews may contain some serious omissions, but this haunting history is both captivating and enchanting.

What Makes Her Tick?

Will the real Angela Merkel please stand up? After reading Stefan Kornelius’s official biography the German Chancellor remains a mystery

Beware the Sanguine Banker

Iain Martin's message in his excellent Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy is that a proper sense of fear is good for bankers.

McBrideshead Revisited

In the spin doctor’s memoirs the similarities between Evelyn Waugh’s protagonist Charles Ryder and Gordon Brown’s antagonist Damian McBride are several and eerie

Anarchic Interregnum

Ian Buruma's Year Zero deftly tells the story of 1945: the year the modern world began

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"