Half a Life

The remarkable adolescence of the Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen.

The Ghastly Truth

Selfish, shallow and snobbish? The long post-Abdication lives of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Y Byd Newydd

From Ohio’s farmlands to Pennsylvania’s coalfields: how Welsh is America?

Can’t Go On

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, had aimed to bring new life to a system in which he believed until the last. 

Books of the Year 2021

Revolutionary France, lights out in the Ottoman Empire, gross obscenity, Napoleon’s gardens and the humble index: ten historians reflect on a year of reading.

Summer of ’59

The gruelling voting, the arduous politicking and the practical side of the 1559 papal conclave.