March 2017, no. 389

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March 2017, no. 389

Whatever it takes: A chronicle of failure and deceit in the Chilcot Report by Ross McKibbin

Ross McKibbin

The publication of the much-delayed Chilcot Report on the origins and consequences of Britain’s participation in the Iraq war has had its resonances, but they would have been more profound had it been published two or three years ago. It is hard on John Chilcot that ...

Miriam Cosic reviews 'The Woman on the Stairs' by Bernhard Schlink

Miriam Cosic

Certain themes suffuse Bernhard Schlink’s fiction: memory, mystery, secrets, guilt, shame. Schlink mixes them in various permutations and intensities, but they are ever present in novels that have vaulting philosophical ambition beneath their simple narratives.


Beejay Silcox reviews 'Lincoln in the Bardo' by George Saunders

Beejay Silcox

From the outside, America seems defined by its brutal polarities – political, racial, moral, economic, geographic. The Disunited States of America. From the inside, the picture is more complex; American life is not lived at these extremes, but in the murky, transiti ...

Margaret Harris reviews 'Victoria: The woman who made the modern world' by Julia Baird

Margaret Harris

The Empire over which Queen Victoria ruled for more than sixty years no longer paints the globe red. Yet Victoria is still ubiquitous. She is memorialised in the Commonwealth of Australia – formally proclaimed just three weeks before she died on 22 January 1901 – ...

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