The Calligrapher’s Secret

‘Warmly observed, richly detailed, and often bold and exciting, Schami’s fine portrait of life in Damascus, Syria, in the middle of the 20th century is filled with a compelling set of characters… Schami, born in Damascus, is one of Germany’s most respected writers, bridging Arab and Western culture with his exquisite storytelling. A novel to […]

‘We are the People’

‘Penny Bochum offers a timely analysis of the rise and radicalisation of the AfD… It is an important contribution to efforts to protect European societies from these new authoritarians.’ – Dr. Luke Cooper ‘This extremely insightful work not only expertly charts the rise of the AfD in Germany, but puts forward a convincing prospectus to deal […]

The Responsibilities of Democracy

‘… let this excellent pamphlet be one of the main reasons for furthering that necessary reversal and inspiring a democratic renewal.’ – Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge Essays on the state of democracy from those who occupied positions at the heart of British politicsDemocracy operates on consent. That means politicians have to argue their causes […]

Secret Service

‘It was only two days after I arrived that I realised I had actually joined MI5. It did not exactly throw the doors wide and welcome scrutiny. The existence of the service was avowed but very little else about it was. Who worked for it? Where were its offices? What was its budget? What did […]

Truth in Public Life

Truth in Public Life explores the difficulty in defining truth, its critical importance in civilised society and the challenges and threats to telling the truth in different public service settings. Three leading experts reflect on subjects related to truth in public life. Vernon White, in his essay ‘Truth Pursued, or Being Pursued by Truth’, shows that […]

Citizens of Everywhere

In 1939, with Europe on the brink of war, Peter Gumbel’s grandparents fled Nazi Germany for England. In 2019, appalled by the result of the Brexit referendum and the ugliness it exposed in our politics and wider society, he became a citizen of Germany, the country that had persecuted his grandparents 80 years earlier. How […]

The London Problem

The United Kingdom has never had an easy relationship with its capital. Far and away the wealthiest and most populous city in the country, London is the political, financial and cultural centre of the UK and it is responsible for almost a quarter of its economic output. Yet the city’s insatiable growth and perceived political […]

Art, Imagination and Public Service

Art, Imagination and Public Service consists of three dialogues between a President of the Supreme Court and a painter (Hughie O’Donoghue and Brenda Hale); between a Permanent Secretary and a musician (James O’Donnell and Clare Moriarty); and between a Secretary of State and a poet (Micheal O’Siadhail and David Blunkett). Together they seek to explore how […]

Justice in Public Life

Justice in Public Life comprises three essays by Revd Dr James Hawkey, Dr Claire Foster-Gilbert and Revd Jane Sinclair.  Together they look at justice in the 21st-century, not only how it is expressed through principles, but how it can be expressed by our public service institutions and how, finally, justice is represented in society more […]

These Islands

In this fascinating contribution to the Haus Curiosities series, Ansari considers the idea of Britain as a political entity. Invented to integrate conflicting nationalisms in an ‘ever more perfect union’, it has succumbed to particular resurgent nationalisms in a curious reversal of fortune. The idea of Britain sits awkwardly in the margins of this discussion, […]