Issue: September 2008

ONLINE ONLY: Murder – A Biased Reform of the Law?

A proposed revision of the laws governing murder may appease women's pressure goups but endanger justice

ONLINE ONLY: How Sarah Got Drafted

Ordinary Americans and 'Netroots' activists chose Sarah Palin, not just John McCain

ONLINE ONLY: Letter from Bamian

The Taliban's vandalism of Afghanistan's greatest cultural treasure may be their most permanent legacy

The Truth About the Historical Jesus

The leading authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls draws a portrait of Jesus the Jew

The Depth of English Music

Radio stations and record companies are finally giving our native composers some exposure - now it's up to us to listen

Feminism Made Funny

Germaine Greer has got it wrong: everyone should see The Female of the Species

Party Lines

Daisy Waugh eavesdrops on the chattering classes

Devonshire Cream

This sumptuous, confident telling of an 18th-century duchess's story may spark some welcome interest in our British history

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