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    April 11, 2014

    Richard Hoggart and the New Elizabethan Age

    The Uses of Literacy (1957) by Richard Hoggart, who died on Thursday, was a book that shaped how many Britons see their...

  2. November 19, 2012

    It’s time to elect a new people

    So, farewell H’Angus, monkey mayor of Hartlepool. Stuart Drummond, the thrice directly elected mayor of the northeast town,...

  1. November 13, 2012

    Academics oppose UK university reforms

    Sir David Attenborough, Sir Richard Dawkins and Alan Bennett have joined more than 60 other academics and intellectuals to...

  2. April 25, 2012

    The Columnist, Friedman Theatre, New York

    John Lithgow appears to have entered the gay-columnist phase of his diverse and deservedly lauded career. In 2009 he played...

  3. March 23, 2012

    Unseemly pleasure

    Smut: Two Unseemly Stories, by Alan Bennett, Profile, RRP£6.99, 208 pages With an enticing keyhole cut into the cover to...

  4. February 3, 2012

    On borrowed time

    Britain is today celebrating National Libraries Day, though the celebrations are unlikely to be mistaken for the Queen’s...

  5. January 23, 2012

    You are entering Hockney Country

    Britain is embracing its most famous chain-smoker. David Hockney’s A Bigger Picture exhibition, just opened at the Royal...

  6. December 2, 2011

    Proustian pear drops

    It seems there’s a bit of a surge in the market at the moment for nostalgic confectionery. According to a recent piece in...

  7. October 13, 2011

    High court challenge fails to save libraries

    A high-profile legal challenge to a London borough’s decision to close half its libraries has failed, a judgment that may...

  8. June 24, 2011

    The Diary: Nicholas Hytner

    An afternoon of wincing embarrassment spent reading Mikhail Bulgakov’s Black Snow in preparation for a play by John Hodge...

  9. June 8, 2011

    Southern Cross’s New Horizon smacks of scorched earth

    Whimsical northern man of letters Alan Bennett has filed this dispatch* from a home run by financially troubled care...

  10. May 20, 2011

    Total Football, Barbican (Pit), London

    Anyone approaching Ridiculusmus’s Total Football in the hope of clarifying the offside rule may emerge disappointed. Their...

  11. May 4, 2011

    Film releases: May 5

    Is My Dog Tulip the best film ever about a dog? Is it Citizen Canine? My answer, yes. Paul and Sandra Fierlinger’s joyously...

  12. April 22, 2011

    Smut

    Smut: Two Unseemly Stories, by Alan Bennett, Profile, RRP£12, 160 pages It’s all right Mavis and Ken, Edna and Rog, keep...

  13. April 15, 2011

    Betty Blue Eyes, Novello Theatre, London

    The animatronic Betty of the title Cats, pigs – what is it with Cameron Mackintosh and our four-legged friends? The renowned...

  14. January 14, 2011

    Schools of thought

    “Every single value we claim to profess is wrapped up in this issue,” says the playwright Steve Waters. “And every single...

  15. June 11, 2010

    Grunge and grandeur

    Camden Lock Market There is nowhere in London quite as grungy or quite as grand as Camden Town. The walk north from the...

  16. January 12, 2010

    Vikings in our mind

    Icelanders have a knack of disturbing Britain's equanimity. "Iceland's threat to default on its debt to Britain should...

  17. November 19, 2009

    The Habit of Art

    If Alan Bennett had written a play about W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten we would probably have welcomed it and slipped...

  18. November 18, 2009

    The Habit of Art, National Theatre, London

    If Alan Bennett had written a play about W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten we would probably have welcomed it and slipped...

  19. June 5, 2009

    School for scandal

    Speculation may be fermenting over whether David Miliband will keep his job at the Foreign Office. But the foreign...

  20. June 4, 2009

    E-dumping to spare Gordon’s blushes

    Prime ministers like to plan their legacy. For Tony Blair it was peace in the Middle East, for Gordon Brown an end to boom...

  21. March 14, 2009

    Small Talk: Michael Morpurgo

    Award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo, 65, has published more than 100 stories, many of which have been adapted...

  22. March 14, 2009

    Small Talk: Michael Morpurgo

    Award-winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo, 65, has published more than 100 stories, many of which have been adapted...

  23. February 14, 2009

    Radio choice Martin Hoyle

    Starting with a classic: Alan Bennett's Talking Heads (Radio 7, Saturday 9.00am, 8.00pm, 3.00am), monologues - funny,...

  24. February 6, 2009

    Enjoy

    Snow over London on Monday night forced many shows to cancel. But Alan Bennett's characters are made of stern stuff and so...

  25. January 29, 2009

    Sterling's steep fall may have silver lining

    Tourism, unlike many other parts of the Yorkshire economy, looks set for a bumper year in 2009. The weak exchange rate...

  26. January 15, 2009

    National Theatre bucks the trend

    The theory that cash-strapped consumers turn increasingly to the arts to seek solace from the bracing realities of the...

  27. January 2, 2009

    Guide Book Festivals in 2009

    Cartagena The Hay Festival January Peter Florence's Hay-on-Wye Festival has branched out from its Welsh roots in recent...

  28. January 1, 2009

    Book festivals in 2009

    CartagenaThe Hay Festival January Peter Florence’s Hay-on-Wye Festival has branched out from its Welsh roots in recent...

  29. November 25, 2008

    What makes a national treasure?

    One feature of the John Sergeant/ Strictly Come Dancing saga is the ease with which the former political reporter has...

  30. October 28, 2008

    Bennett on crises

    To mark Alan Bennett's gift of his papers to Oxford's Bodleian library, here is an entry from his diary for October 13...

  31. September 15, 2008

    Doing one’s duty

    Dear Book Doctor, Two years ago I bought a house that needed a lot of repair. We’ve done a lot but my husband still wants us...

  32. September 13, 2008

    Doing one's duty

    Dear Book Doctor, Two years ago I bought a house that needed a lot of repair. We've done a lot but my husband still wants...

  33. July 15, 2008

    Give us mavericks - just don't let them run anything

    It has been a very disappointing year so far for the cause of innovation and entrepreneurship. Take the financial services...

  34. July 14, 2008

    The right place for mavericks

    It has been a very disappointing year so far for the cause of innovation and entrepreneurship. Take the financial services...

  35. July 5, 2008

    Pop-up maestro

    Jan Pienkowski was eight when he made his first book. “It was for my dad,” recalls the 73-year-old illustrator, who now has...

  36. June 14, 2008

    First Person: Jim Riordan - "I Was The Spy Who Played For Spartak Moscow"

    Growing up, i had a very strong sense that i didn't want to betray my class. I was a working-class boy who loved football,...

  37. June 14, 2008

    First Person: Jim Riordan

    Growing up, I had a very strong sense that I didn’t want to betray my class. I was a working-class boy who loved football,...

  38. May 24, 2008

    ‘I do like a shock room’

    Novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Yorkshire, northern England, and started writing for the local newspaper in her...

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