Tell us about your favourite books of 2020

As CS Lewis is quoted as saying in William Nicholson’s play Shadowlands, “we read to know we are not alone”. As the world came to a standstill and entire countries locked down, you may have turned to books for solace and inspiration, or just for a dose of escapism. We would like to hear which […]

Biden gets to look at “Death, Destruction, and Horrible Things Book”

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden wrote in his book that revelations and new insight found in the PDB are known as aw s— moments. As in: Aw s—,” he wrote, “wish we hadn’t said that during that campaign stop in Buffalo.

12 great sci-fi books to read before they become TV shows

Westworld co-creator Jonah Nolan announced in 2015 that he was developing a TV series based on the Foundation saga for HBO, only for that project to stall out. A new version of the project surfaced two years later with David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) and Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) as executive producers and showrunners, and […]

Porsche Design Acer Book RS: Porsche designed, Porsche tuned

Keyboard and touchpad The Book RS has a typical island keyboard with smaller function keys along the top. The keycaps are a bit small for my tastes, and the key spacing is such that I find my fingers searching for keys on occasion. The switches are softer than I like as well — not mushy, […]

Anthony Joshua will defend world heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev in front of 1,000 fans at The SSE Arena, Wembley

On the undercard, Britain’s Lawrence Okolie also targets world title glory as he takes on Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight belt and there is even more heavyweight action, with Hughie Fury against Mariusz Wach and Martin Bakole versus Sergey Kuzmin.

Pic story: School principal devoted to bringing wider world to students with visual impairment

Xi Weijing, head of the Wuhu School for the Blind, sorts out new books in Braille at the school in Wuhu City, east China’s Anhui Province, Nov. 26, 2020. Xi Weijing’s parents are both visually-impaired. Her father Xi Manqiao set up a private school for the blind in 1979, devoting all his energy to the […]

Dirt by Bill Buford review – how to cook like a French chef

When he was merely middle-aged, Bill Buford quit as the fiction editor of the New Yorker to learn to become an Italian chef. That was a decade and a half ago. His progress and misadventures in New York kitchens and Tuscany were recorded in Heat. Now, older but absolutely no wiser, he decides on a […]

Is It Possible to Enjoy This Winter?

You may have seen this photogenic lagoon on Instagram. It is precisely what it sounds like: blue, and a specific milky blue that is rare enough in nature to look implausible, as though God himself had put a VSCO filter on it. Seven years ago, I was trapped at the office on a weekend with […]

Wednesday briefing: Barr holds no concerns over election

RAD’s Fonteyn find – Forgotten footage of Dame Margot Fonteyn instilling the joy of dance in young children has been discovered, to the excitement of historians and ballet enthusiasts. The film of Fonteyn with young girls taking their first steps in ballet was found in the archives of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and […]

Fiona Maddocks: music to carry you through

“Not knowing my parents enabled me to create a magnificent dream world. I shaped my origins exactly as I wished,” the French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier (1948-83), not in any circles a household name, once said. Does it make a difference to know the circumstances in which music is written? In this case, yes. Vivier – […]