Features

MADAME BOVARY, C'EST...?

Flaubert’s ageless anti-heroine is back in two new films. But who was she? Julie Kavanagh sets out to establish which of the women in Flaubert's life was the real Emma Bovary read more »
  • THE GODFATHER OF GRAPHENE

    When Andre Geim discovered graphene, he went from winning the Ig Nobel prize to the Nobel. Giles Whittell meets the quirky Russian physicist who may be the new James Watt read more »
  • JEAN OF ARK

    Fifty years ago, an ex-naval officer invited two men with mental disabilities to live with him. Now L’Arche has communities all over the world. Maggie Fergusson talks to its founder, Jean Vanier read more »
  • THE SEARCH FOR EARTH 2.0

    The science of exoplanets has just had its biggest breakthrough, and it raises age-old questions about our place in the wider scheme of things. George Pendle shadows the planet-hunters read more »
  • WAR AND PEACE

    On July 28th it will be 100 years since the first world war broke out. Brian Harris's photo essay captures the stillness and symbolism of the battlefields. Simon Willis meets him read more »
  • ES DEVLIN'S MAGIC CIRCLES

    She is the most sought-after set designer in opera. And theatre. And rock, pop, hip-hop... Oh, and she also does Olympics. Matthew Sweet goes backstage with Es Devlin read more »
  • JOHN GREEN: TEENAGER, AGED 36

    Young-adult writer, YouTube star and world-champion worrier. The author of "The Fault in Our Stars" has become the voice of a generation. Emma Brockes profiles the man behind the phenomenon read more »