Meet Alice Sommer Herz, 106

I have a piece in this week’s JC about Alice Sommer Herz, aged 106 – pianist, Terezin survivor, eternal optimist and the subject of a very beautiful portrait film by Christopher Nupen that’s just out on DVD. She is absolutely remarkable. It was a privilege to meet her.

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