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The journey of Adam and Eve

Trying to reconcile a belief in the literal truth of the Bible with the facts of the world as we…

True grit

As literary editor of the Sunday Times in the early 1980s, when the rest of the editorial staff routinely papered…

Folk-tale redux

Daniel and his big sister, Cathy, do not go to school. They live with their father, a gargantuan former prizefighter,…

Redcoats and runaways

Much romantic nonsense has been written about the runaway slaves or Maroons of the West Indies. In 1970s Jamaica, during…

Courting trouble

Desmond de Silva was born in the colony of Ceylon in the early months of the second world war, the…

Raising Cain

It is a pretty safe bet that for every 1,000 people who know of William Wilberforce, no more than the…

Swagger and squalor

This is a monumental but inevitably selective survey of all that occurred in Britain, for better or worse, in the…

A game of cat-and-mouse

All Involved, Ryan Gattis’s breakout novel about the LA riots of 1992, was an absolute blast. Ballsy, vivid and immersive,…

Christianity triumphant – and destructive

In the late years of Empire, and early days of Christianity, there were monks who didn’t wash for fear of…

Madness in Manhattan

Life has far more imagination than we do, says the epigraph from Truffaut that opens Salman Rushdie’s 12th novel —…

Armageddon averted

From 1945 to 1992 the Cold War was the climate. Individual weather events stood out —the Korean War, the Cuban…

Crusading passions

In W.B. Yeats’s ‘Meditations in Time of Civil War’, a testing allusion emerges amid a scene of nightmare: Monstrous familiar…

A blast from the past

If you had to choose one book that both typified spy fiction and celebrated what the genre was capable of…

Creature comforts

As naturalist, educator and writer, John Lister-Kaye was for many years a voice in the wilderness. In 1976, when nature…

Ill-met by gaslight

What is it about Victorian murders that so grips us? The enduring fascination of Jack the Ripper caught the imagination…

Beyond Timbuktu

Every so often a monster comes along. Here’s one — but a monster of fact not fiction, over 700 pages…

Homer Simpson meets Homer

Milan Kundera has said that Homer’s Odyssey was the first novel. I’m not so sure — the verse kind of…

Descent into hell

It’s awful, but the surname Rausing (once synonymous only with the Tetrapak fortune) now summons up a terrible stench in…

Pleasure palaces and hidden gems

Theatre buildings are seriously interesting – as I ought to have appreciated sooner in the course of 25 years writing…

The magic of maths

It’s odd, when you think about it, that mathematics ever got going. We have no innate genius for numbers. Drop…

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