Archive | April, 2010

In search of happiness

I met François Lelord in London recently to discuss his international bestseller – just released in English – Hector and the Search for Happiness (Gallic Books). François is a psychiatrist by training, so it’s no coincidence that the hero in his first venture into fiction is a Candide-like young practitioner of that profession who becomes […]

Continue Reading · 24 April 2010 · literature, video

44. Dancing on the heads of snakes

“Dancing on the heads of snakes” is how President Ali Abdullah Salih of Yemen describes the near impossibility of governing his country. He should know; he’s managed to cling on to power by keeping up the dance for the past three decades. The challenge is certainly considerable: Yemen has been a united country for only […]

Continue Reading · 11 April 2010 · history and politics

Michelangelo: A Tormented Life

Continue Reading · 6 April 2010 · art and music, biography and memoir, video

The return of The Return of Captain John Emmett

Continue Reading · 6 April 2010 · historical fiction, literature, video