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The trouble is that once a tradition has been destroyed, how do you revive it again?

Virgil is wiser than Homer; Dickens is at his best in The Pickwick Papers

Three books in particular spring to mind

He must be the despair of all who care about him

Lots of parents, like Mitch and Janis Winehouse, have lost a child to drugs or alcohol. The stories are often very similar

The Koran is believed to be the immutable word of God, and so, unlike the Bible, cannot be seen historically

Marlowe’s mighty drama about salvation is reduced to the level of a television gameshow

Rebekah Brooks is talented, rich and good-looking – and for that, it seems, the general public would love to see her humiliated