Heads in the clouds

The pioneering ‘space travel’ of the 18th and 19th centuries captured the imaginations of scientists and artists alike. Michael Prodger reviews ‘Falling Upwards’, by Richard Holmes

After Orwell

We are missing a British writer to whom we can turn and learn from at moments of national consequence or crisis

A Man of Parts

David Lodge’s ‘A Man of Parts’, a ‘bio-novel’ about the writer HG Wells, reviewed by Patrick Parrinder

Jamrach’s Menagerie

An exuberant tale of seafaring, exotic fauna and drunken shore leave from Carol Birch