James Boswell

The youthful indiscretions of Johnson’s biographer

‘At the TV debate it was burkas and niqabs all round. It wasn’t easy when someone made a point because no one knew where to look’

Boswell fastidiously kept records of his drinking, and they reveal him to be an imbiber for all ages

The biographer of Dr Johnson’s gift to posterity was to establish the latter as one of English literature’s towering figures

Party Lines overhears the latest debate about what not to tell the children