Lead story in Books

A century on from Nicholas II’s abdication, Dominic Lieven asks whether democracy was ever likely to take root

Top stories in Books

Is caution and conformity hurting the economy? Edward Luce on Tyler Cowen’s ‘The Complacent Class’

Review Fiction

A collection of short stories delicately captures the traumas and triumphs of the migrant experience

A demolition of the argument that traditional gender roles are hard-wired

An account of the dictator’s affair with Claretta Petacci throws light on more than his sex life

Review Fiction

As an apocalypse approaches, a riotous protagonist embarks on a mission to escape from herself

Why do so many Indian voters back politicians with criminal reputations?

Review Fiction

A recluse shares her story in a novel that blends folklore, fairytale and US history

‘What does it mean to be a writer? To be obsessively committed to recording the voices and thoughts in your head’

The underworld of 18th-century London comes to life in a work that blurs fact and fiction

From Adam O’Riordan’s ‘A Herring Famine’

Review Fiction

A Surrealist group fights continued Nazi occupation in an alternate-world 1950s Paris

Latest in Books

Video