The traumas of the 20th century hit Eastern Europe hard – a region of changing borders, uncertain identity, and shattering of moral norms. The journalist and communism expert selects books that capture the spirit of the age
The inner life is a mystery but the best biographies expose the hidden kernel of a person, says the biographer. She picks five books that push the boundaries of the genre, and compares documentary and imaginative truth
The Labour MP on political diaries. A nugget from the day of the Norway debate, which brought down the Chamberlain government: ‘Sunny morning, went riding in Richmond Park. Strolled into the House for the Norway debate'
The Zimbabwe born journalist talks wistfully about her country. Says there is a feeling amongst the older generation that Rhodesia was sold down the river by Britain and things needn't have turned out the way they have