I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

Katrina Goldstone

The Gift

Howard Jacobson on what he got from his Mancunian Jewish upbringing

Rights and Wrongs

Hannah Arendt: witness and theorist of the advent of modern totalitarianism

Witness to War

Peadar O’Donnell walks into Franco’s military revolt

Laughter from the Grave

In a media mire of tragedy porn and toothrotsweet sentimentality designed to blunt both our senses and our judgement, revisiting Jenny Diski’s essays, with their wonderful jokes and deftly contained anger, is both a pleasurable experience and a salutary exercise.

History in a Shoebox

The fashion writer Hadley Freeman came upon a shoebox when rummaging through her grandmother’s wardrobe. The past it hinted of led her on a hunt through the archives that eventually uncovered the tragic and inspiring history of her Jewish family’s experiences in wartime France.