‘It’s disturbing to see yourself played on stage’: Bernard Jenkin MP reviews new musical based on Kids Company hearing
The chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee finds the Donmar’s new musical Committee a fair and compelling portrayal of the hearing on the collapse of Kids Company
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow review: "A hefty account of the man who helped shape the future of the United States"
Geoffrey Lyons reviews Ron Chernow's biography of the enterprising statesman whose legacy...
The End of Alchemy by Mervyn King review: "excellent primer on the basic flaws underlying our economic system"
Geoffrey Lyons reviews Mervyn King's accessible take on the rudimentary failings of modern finance
First Lady: the Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill, review: 'fascinating account of an under appreciated woman'
Geoffrey Lyons reviews Sonia Purnell’s enthralling new biography of one of Britain’s most misunderstood figures
Former Department for Work and Pensions permanent secretary Leigh Lewis finds that Martin Stanley’s new book How to be a Civil Servant offers a valuable guide, but not quite the whole picture
Tory MP Richard Bacon gets a cheeky question in about the internet sensation...
A “finely researched” account of the transformation in the UK’s approach to our railways [Book review]
Lord Grocott reviews Chris Austin and Richard Faulkner’s Disconnected! Broken Links in Britain’s Rail Policy
Political intrigue mixes with personal tragedy in this haunting Edwardian play
Many of the world’s most famous government officials never actually existed. As the legendary crown servant James Bond returns to our screens in Spectre, we profile some more made-up mandarins – and invite you to vote for your favourite. Illustrations by John Levers
Review: New book from former Whitehall speechwriter Simon Lancaster explores the language of leadership
Images of journeys, food and friends work wonders in speeches – but phrases like “accelerating reform” are a definite turn-off. Oliver Rowe reviews Simon Lancaster’s Winning Minds: Secrets from the Language of Leadership
Theatre review: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's retelling of George Orwell's classic makes for a superbly nervy viewing experience
Channel 4’s new comedy pokes fun at Whitehall, but it’s more Skins than The Thick of It, says Sarah Aston
The British Library’s major new show marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. After a morning spent among scrolls and artifacts – including King John’s back molars – Jacqueline Tenreiro gives her verdict
The London mayor’s adoring paean to Churchill sometimes reads as an effort to reflect some glory back onto its author, writes John Ashmore