I don’t think I understand what the Paris climate-change conference has achieved beyond enough promises of positive action for everyone to be allowed to go home, if not quite as early as most had hoped. I always have the feeling with such pr...... | Read..
John Singer Sargent: Painting Friends (National Portrait Gallery) accompanied an exhibition at the Portrait Gallery, London, of this American artist’s portraits of his friends, mostly artists...... | Read..
The reader is taken on a tour of the streets of Istanbul through Mevlut Karatas, an itinerant seller of yogurt and boza. Boza is a mildly alcoholic drink from the Ottoman times that has gone out of...... | Read..
In North London stood a quiet dwelling that housed no less than 20,000 books. This is the biography of the man who built it. Chimen Abramsky, a gentle and remarkable individual, went on to&nbs...... | Read..
An exceptionally bold attempt to reconstruct the personal life and persona of Emperor Ashoka. Lahiri uses a variety of sources, other than the edicts of Ashoka, to bring together biography and hist...... | Read..