Patrick West on the ‘utter scoundrel’ of the Enlightenment

Francis Phillips on the beauty of the Counter-Reformation

Parents will always turn to St Custard’s, says Harry Mount

James Baresel on a detailed but flawed guide to a lost world

David Oldroyd-Bolt is haunted by Ronald Searleā€™s sketches of life in a Japanese prison camp

This collection of cultural essays has some questionable claims

David Platzer admires a revelatory series of interviews

Michael Duggan reads an enthralling yet sobering account of forgotten peoples

Jack Carrigan on the inner strength of the migrants who died at the hands of ISIS

In our disconnected world, the act of reading out loud makes all the difference