from the magazine

Top 12 of 2014. No.12: a month after the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot dead on this spot, the first world war began. Almost a hundred years later, Tim Judah went to Sarajevo to see how it coped with the memory down the decades

Short Read: Belle and Sebastian's glossy new album has strains of disco and journalism. For Hazel Sheffield, it shows just how far they've come

The Big Question: we have restaurants of every kind on our doorsteps. But there are still distinct national cuisines, each with its own strength. Stephen Schiff, Sandra Gilbert and five others champion their favourite

Six Good Books: Maggie Fergusson picks her novel and non-fiction book of the year. Plus, a gripping history of a working-class family and a puckish Peter Carey

THEME OF THE WEEK...THE FAR NORTH

A woman running a media consultancy in New York takes a DNA test. She learns that she is descended from the Sami people, who herd reindeer in the Arctic Circle. What happens next? A memoir by Laura Galloway

A Walk on the Wild Side: the mountains of northern Sweden are a fitting backdrop to a majestic walk. William Fiennes fulfils a dream and follows the King’s Trail

Russia’s vastness, history and literature are etched into its trains. Sara Wheeler has spent the past two years on a dozen journeys covering thousands of miles

Authors on Museums: Julian Barnes explores the house where the composer lived, died, wrote much of his music—and spent decades not writing, or not publishing 

  • AHEAD OF THE META-GAME

    A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage plays with some fiendishly addictive dots, a phone cable with a difference and a new way to stabilise your videos read more »
  • THE BATTLE OF THE BATS

    Reading the Game: which is the better sport, cricket or baseball? Ed Smith deliberates between the two read more »
  • CAN THE GUARDIAN SURVIVE?

    From the archive: newspapers are in crisis—yet they have greater reach than ever before. And nowhere is this truer than at the Guardian, the paper that revealed the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal. Tim de Lisle spoke to its editor read more »
  • MAGGIE SMITH'S CROWNING ROLES

    Visual CV: once a starlet, she is now, at 80, a grande Dame. Irving Wardle (in the stalls) and Jasper Rees (on the sofa) pick the best of a great career read more »
  • SIBELIUS AND NIELSEN TURN 150

    Short Read: for his classical-music highlight, Michael Church champions a Finnish conductor who is celebrating the work of two Scandinavian masters read more »
  • A GIFT THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME

    Applied Fashion: what can you give a teenage girl that she might still wear, and love, when she’s a woman? read more »
  • JAR JAR STINKS

    Ever watched a film and felt you could have made it shorter, sharper or less irritating? Nicholas Barber on the rise of the fan edit read more »
  • ANOTHER BOOK IN THE WALL

    Landscapes of the Mind: in “Game of Thrones”, a wall is a moral presence—and Robert Macfarlane’s favourite character read more »
  • ORWELL'S WORLD

    It is now 65 years since George Orwell died, and he has never been bigger. His phrases are on our lips, his ideas are in our heads, his warnings have come true. How did this happen? By Robert Butler read more »
  • A FINGER ON THE PULSE

    The Kitchen Dialogues: in the second of their conversations about cooking, Christopher Hirst and Arnaud Schon find a mutual love of Puy lentils and apple Charlotte read more »