Issue: October 2015

Hume’s ‘Treatise’ And The Problem Of Early Success

A new biography sheds light on the afterlife of Hume's writings

When Francis Was Still Jorge

Cardinal Bergoglio's road to the Vatican

Stalin’s Man In London

The newly-published diaries of Ivan Maisky are an extraordinarily important 21st-century contribution to our understanding of the Second World War

Our Island’s Storytelling

How Britain discovered a lucrative new role as a global cultural powerhouse

Chelsea Or Montmartre?

The artists and writers who pursued the muse in fin-de-siècle London and Paris

The Sons Also Rise

What is it like to grow up as the child of a dictator?

Found In Translation

One of the greatest writers of short stories is finally getting his English-language dues

Bibliophiles Beware: Online Prices Are A Lottery

The internet bookselling market appears to be based on nothing more than whim

A Steppe In The Right Direction

Patrick Marber cuts Turgenev back to the essentials while Cumberbatch triumphs in a muddled Hamlet

The Age Of Cult Politics

New media technologies allow us to listen only to those we agree with. Journalists must fight that tendency

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"