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  1. August 7, 2014

    UK celebrities urge Scots to stay together

    Sir Mick Jagger, Stephen Hawking, Dame Judy Dench and Simon Cowell are among 200 people who have signed an open letter from...

  2. September 6, 2013

    Review: ‘The Story of the Jews’, by Simon Schama

    The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000BCE – 1492CE, by Simon Schama, Bodley Head, RRP£25, 512 pages A few Septembers...

  1. beyondbrics

    July 8, 2013

    Further reading: teeth and threats

    Monday’s picks from beyondbrics: why investors are getting keener on Nigeria; how to talk cyber to Beijing; Egypt’s second...

  2. March 11, 2013

    Universities face online ‘avalanche’

    Traditional red brick universities risk extinction unless they respond creatively to growing competition from free online...

  3. February 10, 2013

    Correction: Thomas Cromwell

    ● In an article by Simon Schama (‘Return of a Machiavellian monarch on the make’, Saturday, February 9), an editing error...

  4. January 25, 2013

    Witness to genocide

    Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death, by Otto Dov Kulka, translated by Ralph Mandel, Allen Lane, RRP£14.99, 144 pages,...

  5. December 28, 2012

    Long-form writing is alive and kicking

    All of you out there sounding off about the tweetification of English can relax. The 2012 Bodley Head/FT non-fiction Essay...

  6. November 30, 2012

    A top sommelier in your cellar

    Do you really know what is in your cellar? For one night only, six eminent sommeliers will be available to inspect your wine...

  7. September 21, 2012

    Win £1,000 – and have your work published

    The Financial Times and The Bodley Head, an imprint of Random House UK, are running their first annual essay prize for the...

  8. June 9, 2012

    Pay-packet pugilist fights for final word

    When investors’ pitchforks come out over pay, most chief executives hide behind their remuneration committee – not Sir...

  9. March 2, 2012

    Simon Schama on Joseph Roth

    Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters, translated and edited by Michael Hofmann, Granta, RRP£25, 576 pages Wandering Jew: The...

  10. February 17, 2012

    Matzo ball memories

    It was when my friend Sid took a razor to the smoked salmon sandwich that I realised being a 14-year-old Jew in London was...

  11. December 30, 2011

    Simon Schama at the Whitechapel Gallery

    “Cultural exchange,” said Penny Johnson, the hospitably learned director of the Government Art Collection, as I stared...

  12. November 18, 2011

    MetaMaus

       MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman, Viking, RRP£25, 300 pages When the German translation of Maus was published in 1987, an...

  13. October 28, 2011

    ‘The sea trout sashimi has been draped!’

    The Table Comes First, a collection of writings about food by the American author and cultural critic Adam Gopnik, has just...

  14. October 14, 2011

    Bill Clinton talks to Simon Schama

    How do you begin a conversation with the man who knows everything? Steering clear of female literacy rates in Bhutan; the...

  15. September 27, 2011

    Message to Perry: stop banging on about Israel

    It is the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, so in the interest of a happy one amid the gathering global gloom can I...

  16. September 23, 2011

    Small and mighty

    I sometimes think that if Lucian Freud had had a heart, as well as the eye of a hawk, he might have become as great a...

  17. September 16, 2011

    Little England

    “There are,” John Julius Norwich notes with pardonable exaggeration in his lively and engaging volume on the subject, “a...

  18. September 11, 2011

    Decade, Commodity Quay, London

    There is both a vast amount and virtually nothing to say about this presentation, as perhaps befits the diffuseness of a...

  19. September 2, 2011

    The remains of that day

    What are public memorials for? Are they meant to perpetuate the sorrow of loss; pay a debt of respect, or set a boundary...

  20. August 26, 2011

    Artistry from atrocity

    At 8.46 on the morning of September 11 2001 the US playwright Christopher Shinn was at his desk in Manhattan. “I had a...

  21. July 15, 2011

    The Emperor of Lies

    I suppose it’s too much to ask for a moratorium on the publication of Holocaust novels, but perhaps we might take a breather...

  22. May 28, 2011

    Further lessons in history recommended for all

    From Mr Chandran Nair. Sir, Simon Schama’s interview with Henry Kissinger (“The history man”, Life & Arts, May 21) is...

  23. May 28, 2011

    China is another player in the arena

    From Mr Raju Nagarajan. Sir, The oracle of international diplomacy, Henry Kissinger, may be eerily right about an...

  24. May 20, 2011

    Henry Kissinger talks to Simon Schama

    Simon Schama with Kissinger in the offices of Kissinger Associates, New York To whom should we look for guidance, in the...

  25. April 29, 2011

    Dynastic lessons from the familiar Windsor flourish

    A century ago, in 1911, a betting man would not have put much money on the endurance of dynastic autocracies. The most...

  26. April 23, 2011

    Enduring and prescient analysis of conflict

    From Mr Daniel J. Aronoff. Sir, Simon Schama points to Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni’s familial and ideological...

  27. April 22, 2011

    Smut

    Smut: Two Unseemly Stories, by Alan Bennett, Profile, RRP£12, 160 pages It’s all right Mavis and Ken, Edna and Rog, keep...

  28. April 14, 2011

    Obama’s fight back has begun

    Vice-president Joseph Biden seemed to slumber through it. But no one else listening to President Barack Obama’s budget...

  29. March 25, 2011

    Teach history warts and all

    “Time to head off!” wisecracks the hooded executioner on the cover of Even More Terrible Tudors, one of the popular titles...

  30. March 25, 2011

    13, Rue Thérèse

    13, Rue Thérèse, by Elena Mauli Shapiro, Headline, RRP£12.99, 288 pages You take a quick shufti at this debut novel and you...

  31. March 18, 2011

    The land of the free-thinker?

    Among the institutions starved of funds by the budget proposed by House of Representatives Republicans is the National Ocean...

  32. March 5, 2011

    ‘Tempest’ sense lost in gender reversal

    From Dr Charles G.V. Coutinho. Sir, Simon Schama, interviewing Helen Mirren about her role as Prospera in Julie Taymor’s...

  33. March 5, 2011

    You don’t have to rubbish one thing to praise another

    From Mr Tom Sutcliffe. Sir, Simon Schama evidently enjoyed meeting Helen Mirren, as your picture reveals, and a lot of what...

  34. February 4, 2011

    Darkness before dawn for Cairo’s sans-culottes

    There was something sublime – or do I mean ridiculous? – about the timing. Perched on their Alp the usual Masters of the...

  35. February 4, 2011

    Revolution and desecration

    The Pharaoh protects his patrimony? Was that the message Hosni Mubarak meant to send last week when, amid the tumult and the...

  36. January 28, 2011

    O: A Presidential Novel

    O: A Presidential Novel, by Anonymous, Simon & Schuster, RRP£12.99, 368 pages “It was nearly eleven o’clock at night and the...

  37. December 29, 2010

    Tea Party has changed entire national dialogue

    From Dr Vin Mathur. Sir, As an avid fan and reader of Simon Schama, I have to admit I was taken aback by his article “A...

  38. December 29, 2010

    That Obama’s speech will ‘reboot the US’ is also a dream

    From Mr Ken Goldsholl. Sir, Simon Schama (“A diminished America needs to stop dreaming”, December 24) has penned a long,...

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