Articles by Lesley Chamberlain
Iris Murdoch has been a unique presence in British intellectual and literary life. Lesley Chamberlain says she has tried to teach us good and beautiful things, but fears that her legacy will be slight
Teachers are not having it easy these days. Parents and government demand sharply improved results from schools while insisting-for idealistic or economic reasons-that children of all abilities must...
Why do we need a women-only prize for fiction? Women may write differently but in great writing gender is transcended and women writers must now insist on its irrelevance
Markus Wolf, the former east German spy chief, has written a self-serving cook book cum autobiography. Lesley Chamberlain finds it fascinating but morally tasteless
Communism in eastern Europe created a unique literary-philosophical tradition. Lesley Chamberlain surveys this tradition both before and after the collapse of communism. She prefers Ivan Klima to...
Black truffles are a rare, mysterious and expensive delicacy. Lesley Chamberlain visits the truffle's home ground in Provence and discovers that hunting it is better than eating it