Issue: September 2009

The Stuff of Dreams

Two contrasting productions of Shakespeare prove that the plays can still be made to work for us

The Young Old Master

Was Turner ancient or modern? He himself was in no doubt about his ability to compete with both

Lift Up Your Hearts and Sing

Choirs have sprung up everywhere as we begin to understand the healing power of the voice

Of Human Frailty

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings

Ripping Yarns

The Storm of War by Andrew Roberts

In Love with His Public

Charles Dickens: A Life Defined by Writing by Michael Slater

Henry the First

Kissinger's Year: 1973 by Alistair Horne

Bad Luck with the Weather

John Piper, Myfanwy Piper, Lives in Art by Frances Spalding

Present Imperfect

A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks

The Character of Englishness

Dr Johnson, the greatest writer of critical prose in the English language, was able to impart to his readers both human nature in general, and the character of Englishness in particular

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"