Features

THE HAZE BLOCKS THE VIEW

Photo Essay: after four decades of military dictatorship, Myanmar is taking faltering steps towards democracy. Simon Willis spoke to the photographer Matthias Messmer about capturing a country with a complicated present and a murky future read more »
  • MISSING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

    Every month, hundreds in north Africa and the Middle East leave by boat to seek new lives in Europe. But many vanish without trace. Caroline Moorehead meets the mothers of the disappeared read more »
  • 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 »