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    1. November 16, 2014

      The River, Circle in the Square, New York – review

      When Jez Butterworth’s The River premiered two years ago at the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs in London, it quickly became...

    2. August 22, 2014

      More exhibitions: Virginia Woolf and Bruce McLean

      Virginia Woolf: Art, Life, Vision, National Portrait Gallery, London Unravelling Woolf’s life through paintings,...

    1. July 25, 2014

      Virginia Woolf, National Portrait Gallery, London

      “Painting and writing have much to tell each other,” Virginia Woolf believed, yet she left London’s second...

    2. July 17, 2014

      Invincible, St James Theatre, London – review

      Social invitations in drama should come with a health warning: will the drinks and nibbles be worth the aggravation?...

    3. May 28, 2014

      Bakersfield Mist, Duchess Theatre, London – review

      It’s hardly uncommon to see an actor revel in playing an unpalatable character, but seldom do you encounter a pair of them...

    4. November 15, 2013

      What the gardens of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell reveal

      Gardens are generally thought to reflect their owners. Of course they reflect the attention, or lack of it, which we give to...

    5. November 8, 2013

      The US professor who helped to halt the global spread of Sars

      On weekday mornings, David Heymann heads deep into Bloomsbury, west London, to an art deco building decorated with giant...

    6. October 11, 2013

      Reviews of ‘The Golden Thread’ and ‘A London Year’

      The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing, by Ewan Clayton, Atlantic, RRP£25, 416 pages Charting “the story of writing” might...

    7. September 6, 2013

      The Diary: Jonathan Coe

      Is there any task harder, or more thankless, than trying to have a serious discussion about comedy? I’m not sure there is,...

    8. June 26, 2013

      Auction of donated books raises £16,000 for Oxfam

      Oxfam has raised over £16,000 at an auction of 27 rare books donated to its network of charity shops over the past year. The...

    9. June 14, 2013

      Snapshot: ‘Pancake day’ by Mrs V Woolf & Q Bell

      “When in a good & merry mood, Trisy would seize a dozen eggs & a bucket of flour, coerce a cow to milk itself, & then mixing...

    10. March 1, 2013

      Women in love

      Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing, by Jane Dunn, HarperPress, RRP£25, 423 pages...

    11. February 22, 2013

      Small Talk: Karen Russell

      Karen Russell, 31, was born in Miami and studied Spanish at Northwestern University. She was a finalist in last year’s...

    12. February 1, 2013

      Recipe: daube de boeuf

      Virginia Woolf may have been a gourmet but she was no cook. The famous passage in To the Lighthouse describing the daube of...

    13. January 17, 2013

      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York

      Anyone seeking an insightful Broadway revival of a classic American play should run to Golden Boy or Who’s Afraid of...

    14. January 11, 2013

      ‘Portrait of Angelo Colarossi’ by Julia Margaret Cameron

      What a piece of work Julia Margaret Cameron was! Eccentric, name-dropping and pushy; incapable of taking “No” for an answer,...

    15. December 18, 2012

      The Dance of Death, Trafalgar Studio 2, London

      I once saw a production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House which the audience perversely insisted on treating as a bourgeois comedy....

    16. November 25, 2012

      1913: The Shape of Time, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

      Picasso painted “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” in 1907; Virginia Woolf wrote that “on or about December 1910 human character...

    17. November 23, 2012

      The louche and the lovely

      Where would you start a history of the Café Royal? Perhaps on the night that Oscar Wilde got so high on absinthe that he...

    18. October 12, 2012

      Tights, camera, action!

      Clothes at the movies? Well, they won’t let you into the Cineplex without them, even if it means wearing the proverbial...

    19. October 11, 2012

      A vehicle that’s not roadworthy

      It is 64 years since the trans-American trip that inspired On the Road. Time to ask, of that founding work of beat fiction,...

    20. September 7, 2012

      The Diary: Teju Cole

      Surely it’s a trick of time. But the facts are what they are: I last visited Edinburgh 18 years ago. This time round, I’m...

    21. August 31, 2012

      London Calling

      NW, by Zadie Smith, Hamish Hamilton, RRP£18.99, 304 pages On Beauty, by Zadie Smith, Penguin, RRP£8.99, 464 pages The...

    22. June 29, 2012

      At home: Caroline Rowland

      Caroline Rowland likes to surround herself with portraits of men in postures that either spell danger or promise excitement....

    23. May 18, 2012

      Triumphant moments of loss

      What happens when you finish a book, or a symphony, or the last painting in an exhibition, or any major project you have...

    24. May 13, 2012

      Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands, British Library, London

      “Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song,” wrote Edmund Spenser, born the son of a journeyman in 16th-century East...

    25. April 18, 2012

      One Man, Two Guvnors, Music Box Theatre, New York

      American audiences might be forgiven for thinking that One Man, Two Guvnors, the Richard Bean play nominally inspired by...

    26. April 5, 2012

      Judging a book by its cover

      “Modern first editions” is a recognised book collectors’ genre, but any investor looking to assess the performance of these...

    27. March 7, 2012

      Copenhagen, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield/ Benefactors, Crucible Studio, Sheffield

      Copenhagen is the quintessential Michael Frayn play. Its setting in the world of quantum physics may be uniquely fitting to...

    28. FT Alphaville

      February 1, 2012

      Blimey, Bill Gross has been on the Virginia Woolf...

      Presented without comment: ​Where do we go when we die? We go back to where we came from And where was that? I don’t know, I...

    29. January 20, 2012

      Bricks and mortals

      I have developed a friend crush. And rather alarmingly it is on a new client. We toured and chatted our way through what I...

    30. October 7, 2011

      Virginia Woolf

      In part because of its brevity, Alexandra Harris’s study of Virginia Woolf brings home how late in life she wrote her...

    31. June 25, 2011

      Small Talk: Miriam Toews

      Born in Manitoba, Canada in 1964, Miriam Toews grew up in a Mennonite community. Her first novel was The Summer of My...

    32. May 23, 2011

      To The River

      To The River: A Journey Beneath the Surface, by Olivia Laing, Canongate, RRP£16.99, 304 pages When Olivia Laing lost her job...

    33. May 20, 2011

      Autumn and Winter, Orange Tree, Richmond

      There must be the occasional dinner scene that proceeds smoothly in drama, but for the most part, a family reunion around a...

    34. May 18, 2011

      A Delicate Balance, Almeida, London

      An evening with George and Martha, the viciously fighting couple in Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, might not be...

    35. April 26, 2011

      Tender Napalm, Southwark Playhouse, London

      Philip Ridley’s plays are consistently fascinated by the power of stories, the freedom and the control they offer. In his...

    36. April 23, 2011

      Europe in pieces

      “Yes, I am mad,” declares Haris Pasovic, “like the Marquis de Sade was mad, like Giordano Bruno was mad, like Antonin Artaud...

    37. March 23, 2011

      Dramatic life driven by talent and temperament

      Few film stars ever attracted more acres of newsprint, from the adoring to the acerbic, than Elizabeth Taylor. For most of...

    38. March 23, 2011

      Dramatic life driven by talent and temperament

      Few film stars ever attracted more acres of newsprint, from the adoring to the acerbic, than Elizabeth Taylor. For most of...

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