Ian Thomson

Book Review

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, quite contrary

The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu by Jo Willett reviewed

By Ian Thomson

Book Review

A Scottish Paradise

Paradise: Dante’s Divine Trilogy Part Three. Englished in Prosaic Verse by Alasdair Gray reviewed

By Ian Thomson

Books

My fight to stop the Chinese censors sanitizing Dante

It seems odd that a medieval Italian poet could cause such unease among modern totalitarians

By Ian Thomson

Books

A tinpot Caesar

Mussolini’s War: Fascist Italy from Triumph to Collapse, 1935-1943 by John Gooch reviewed

By Ian Thomson

Books

Days of glory

Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe by Judith Herrin reviewed

By Ian Thomson

Books

Should we all be prepping for the end of days?

Bunker: Building for the End Times by Bradley Garrett reviewed

By Ian Thomson

An Englishman in New York

Mist was blowing in drifts off the East River and already I could feel the intoxication of the city

By Ian Thomson

Art

Is London Calling Boris Johnson?

Conservatives and the Clash, 40 years on

By Ian Thomson

Place

Franco’s ghost

The generalísimo kept Saint Teresa of Avila’s mummified hand by his bedside

By Ian Thomson

Books

If only Georges Simenon had been a bit more like Maigret

The pipe-smoking detective’s creator was a sex addict who died rich and lonely in a vast Swiss château

By Ian Thomson

Books

The story of the last living survivor of the Atlantic slave trade is a high adventure

Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon, written in the 1930s, appears now in book form for the first time. It has been well worth the wait

By Ian Thomson

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