Non-Fiction

The Twelve Caesars by Matthew Dennison - review

Matthew Dennison gives us all the depravity of Rome's emperors, but his real interest lies in power, and how it corrupts and intoxicates Vespasian and Titus were decent enough, but many of Rome's emperors were evil, power-crazy sexual deviants. In this i

On Helwig Street, By Richard Russo

Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, Richard Russo is best known for his portraits of blue-collar small-town life. In these absorbing memoirs, he recalls his own experiences of a hardscrabble 1950s childhood and his relationship with his complicated mother, J

Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked, By James Lasdun

Hydra-headed conspiracy theories and rumours are spawned daily on the internet. Increasingly, cyberspace is where we are judged by others and, on occasion, even destroyed. If this sounds paranoid, consider how a perfect stranger can park his car outside y

Thinking the Twentieth Century, By Tony Judt, with Timothy Snyder

Before his death, the great historian of modern Europe worked on this set of conversations with an almost equally far-sighted colleague.

The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland - Shlomo Sand

What is a homeland, and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Inventi

Mariko Mori and Professor Brian Cox: Art meets Science

Contemporary Japanese artist Mariko Mori and Professor Brian Cox (University of Manchester) consider how Mori's artistic practice progresses the tradition of imaginative engagement with science. This event is moderated by Heather Mayfield (NMSI).

Night Waves: A Chorus Line, Shlomo Sand, What is Old Age

Philip Dodd discusses the West End revival of A Chorus Line. Plus historian Shlomo Sand.

Paperback: The Soldier

Ray Riley served, and died, in the First World War; his brother, Eric, fought in the Second. Eric

For Adam's Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England - Allegra Di Bonaventura

In the tradition of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's classic, A Midwife's Tale, comes this groundbreaking narrative by one of America's most promising colonial historians. Joshua Hempstead was a well-respected farmer and tradesman in New London, Connecticut. As h

Nature's Oracle: The Life and Work of W.D. Hamilton - Ullica Segerstrale

W.D.Hamilton (1936-2000) was responsible for a revolution in thinking about evolutionary biology - a revolution that changed our understanding of life itself. He played a central role in the realization that what matters in evolution is not the surviva