Clive James sitting in the garden at his Cambridge home beneath the Japanese maple tree immortalised in one of his poems
©Laura Hynd

Interview: Clive James

The prolific writer, who was diagnosed with leukaemia five years ago, says the idea of death inspires him, especially not knowing exactly when it will happen

Food & drink

©Graham Roumieu
‘I was thrilled to find that most of the 2005 reds from Burgundy are now beginning to deliver pleasure’
– Jancis Robinson
Stir-fried squid ©Tamin Jones
Squid doesn’t have to be tricky — or rubbery. Just criss-cross with a knife, stir-fry speedily with a few aromatics and enjoy
– Fuchsia Dunlop
Coco Chanel, Paris, 1953
©Cecil Beaton Studio Archive / Sothebys

Cecil Beaton: the artist of the portrait

From the early 1920s until his death in 1980, the photographer’s portraits defined the people of their times. By Annie Leibovitz

Douglas Coupland
©Ken Mayer Studios @douglas coupland


We used to have all this stuff stored in our heads but now don’t. What happened?

The campanile at Trinity College
©Paul Gaffney

The Dublin route with John Banville

Vincent Boland takes a surprisingly unliterary tour of the city of Joyce and Beckett with another great Irish writer

View onto Peckham Road from inside an African grocery shop
©Chloe Dewe Mathews

Rye Lane, Peckham, by Naomi Wood

The novelist on a special place that ‘wears its emotions on its sleeve’

John Cooper Clarke
©Camera Press

John Cooper Clarke

‘I’ve only ever done what I want and I’ve only ever flown in the face of good advice’

An illustration of a boy looking out of a window
©Annabel Wright

Lawrence Scott: Sounds of home

Clacking trains at dawn in the city are a transport back to the sensations of growing up in Trinidad

Travel: Bovey Castle, Devon

A revitalised former railway hotel on Dartmoor focuses on families

An illustration of people laughing
©Laura Carlin

How important in life is fun?

‘Having fun involves living in the moment without a care as to whether what you are enjoying is edifying’

Paul Drayson’s CleanSpace sensor is able to measure levels of carbon monoxide in the air
©Tom Jamieson

A campaign for cleaner air

‘People don’t like the pollution in London — now we are giving them a way to do something about it’