Rupa Huq: 'The next election will be won and lost in suburbia' - video

Rupa Huq, author of On the Edge, argues that politicians lose the support of the suburbs at their peril Phil Maynard Oliver Laughland

The World's Most Dangerous Place by James Fergusson - review

James Fergusson's reports of life in conflict-ridden Somalia make for sobering reading General quiz time: which country tops the global corruption table? Which country is the worst for piracy? Which country lost more than 29,000 children under five to fa

Return of a King by William Dalrymple: review

A history of the First Afghan War is as richly embroidered as a great novel, says Rupert Edis

Eliot Porter: In the Realm of

The late photographer Eliot Porter has left a stunning record of the shrinking American wilderness Not many photographers can say they helped change the way we look at the world politically and socially as well as formally, but, as Paul Martineau point

London Underground By Design by Mark Ovenden - review

Mark Ovenden offers a fascinating look at the evolution of the London underground's visual identity This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first London underground line, the Metropolitan. The Met is being celebrated mainly for its engineering, and

Paperback Review: The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, By Masha Gessen Granta

Masha Gessen's excoriating biography tells the story of how Vladimir Putin, an undistinguished bureaucrat, became one of the world's most powerful men. Born in 1952, Putin scrapped and brawled on the streets of Leningrad, a "mean, hungry, impoverished pla