Transport Fever 2 review – simple pleasures offer copious fuel for fun

Games 3 / 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars. PC; Urban Games/Good Shepard EntertainmentThere’s much joy to be had building freight networks and watching cities grow … but what about the real-world pitfalls? All aboard … Transport Fever 2. Photograph: Good Shepard Entertainment As…

The construction of modern Britain – in pictures

Thousands of unseen photographs depicting the building of modern Britain are being released to the public for the first time. Historic England is publishing more than 2,000 newly digitised images online from the John Laing Photographic Collection. Laing was one of the UK’s biggest construction…

The big picture: fresh-faced innocence in the Ebbw Valley

The big picture Photography The big picture: fresh-faced innocence in the Ebbw Valley Bruce Davidson’s photograph of a child pushing a pram in a mining village captures a moment of peace amid the noise and grime Wales, 1965. Photograph: Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos courtesy Howard Greenberg…

From Meghan Markle to Princess Margaret: books to understand the royal family

Further reading Books Fascinated by the current royal rumpus? Kathryn Hughes picks the best literary insights into the British monarchy Family focus … Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and the Queen. Photograph: POOL New/Reuters If you have been fretting about the “unprecedented” royal…

From Worms to Tomb Raider: classic UK video games celebrated in new stamps

Games Royal Mail’s set of 12 postage stamps traces Britain’s role at the forefront of the games industry through the 1980s and 90s Four of the new stamps: Wipeout, Dizzy, Micro Machines and Populous. Photograph: Royal Mail Group A new set of postage stamps will…

The directors’ cut: film-makers choose the best movies of the century so far

Best culture of the 21st century Film The directors’ cut: film-makers choose the best movies of the century so far From Mike Leigh to Richard Linklater, Joanna Hogg and Michael Winterbottom, here are some of the century’s greatest films, chosen by some of the directors…

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

100 best nonfiction books of all time Books After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing Robert McCrum reflects on his…