"WE MUST BE FUNNY!!!!!!" (Features) , February 2013, 17
On the letters of P. G. Wodehouse.
A most generous man (Features) , May 2012, 30
From "Remembering Hilton Kramer."
The bolter, or the Chatwin case (Features) , March 2011, 22
Bruce Chatwin in his letters.
Beneath the froth (Books) , May 2010, 65
A review of Wigs on the Green (Vintage) by Nancy Mitford
Churchill's friends & rivals (Features) , October 2008, 16
On the great prime minister's relationships with David Lloyd George and with Gandhi.
The master of Europe (Books) , May 2007, 73
On Frederick Kagan's The End of the Old Order: Napoleon & Europe, 1801-1805.
A dime store Jane Austen (Features) , March 2007, 22
On the letters of Martha Gellhorn.
Last of the Whigs: Churchill as historian (Features) , October 2006, 16
Winston Churchill as historian.
A naval battle: A response (Letters) , June 2005, 98
Robert Messenger responds.
Patrick O'Brian's naval mastery (Features) , May 2005, 26
Robert Messenger takes stock of a remarkable literary achievement with W. W. Norton’s release of Patrick O’Brian’s Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels including the unfinished twenty-first.
Bossing the peloton (Features) , July 2004
Making the grandest tour (Notebook) , June 2004, 86
On Le Tour: a History of the Tour de France, 1923-2003, by Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Guilty as charged (Books) , April 2004, 92
A review of Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914? by David Fromkin.
“I will be a hero” (Books) , June 2003, 80
A review of Nelson: Love And Fame, by Edgar Vincent.
To the shores of Tripoli (Books) , June 2002, 90
A review of The Savage Wars of Peace by Max Boot.
Wellington, well done (Books) , April 2002, 79
A review of Salamanca, by Rory Muir.
Prosecuting a war (Books) , December 2001, 93
A review of War Diaries 1939 - 1945 by Field Marshall Lord Alanbrooke