John Boyne: ‘I remain immensely proud of the novel.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

I was 15-years-old when a teacher read out a list of books that our class might like to read over the summer break. Eager to immerse myself in adult l(...)

US president Donald Trump. “Trump’s trade war – and his other antics – run many more risks than a mere dent to global economic growth.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Liberal values are under attack everywhere. It is deeply unfashionable to admit any affection for old-fashioned liberalism. Somehow, the ideas of the (...)

Henry Marsh: ‘I’m very good at talking people into letting me open their head up when they’re awake.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Henry Marsh is signing a copy of his book for me. Later, I’ll discover that his handwriting is a sequence of beautiful black ink flourishes, closer to(...)