Lead book review

Might LSD be good for you?

10 May 2018 12:47 pm

When Peregrine Worsthorne was on Desert Island Discs in 1992, he chose as his luxury item a lifetime supply of…

Enduring life under Chairman Mao

3 May 2018 7:26 pm

Rao Pingru is 94, and a born storyteller. His gripping graphic narrative weaves in and out of the violent, disruptive…

The most bizarre museum heist ever

26 April 2018 7:31 pm

They don’t look like a natural pair. First there’s the author, Kirk Wallace Johnson, a hero of America’s war in…

Texas: the myriad contradictions of the Lone Star state

19 April 2018 1:40 pm

The subtitle of Lawrence Wright’s splendid God Save Texas (‘A Journey into the Future of America’) would be alarming if…

The codes and codswallop surrounding Leonardo da Vinci

13 April 2018 11:59 am

‘If you look at walls soiled with a variety of stains or at stones with variegated patterns,’ Leonardo da Vinci…

1968 and the summer of our discontent

5 April 2018 10:52 am

’68 will do as shorthand. Most of ’68, as it were, didn’t happen in 1968. It was, at most, the…

Napoleon’s dazzling victories invited a devastating backlash

8 March 2018 9:00 am

On 20 July 1805, just three months before the battle of Trafalgar destroyed a combined French and Spanish fleet, the…