Panacea of all evils?

In today’s Independent I have a go at musical organisations who brand themselves “for peace”. Peace matters more than that: it shouldn’t be cheapened by turning into a sop to our consciences at a concert.

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