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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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,...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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,...

  10. 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....

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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,...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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....

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. March 21, 2011

    Five Bells

    Five Bells, by Gail Jones, Harvill Secker, RRP£16.99, 224 pages Every other novel published today claims to be about “memory...

  35. February 21, 2011

    Proust Was a Neuroscientist

    Proust Was a Neuroscientist, by Jonah Lehrer, Canongate, RRP£16.99, 256 pages Was Proust a neuroscientist? Well, in a manner...

  36. February 11, 2011

    Think outside the box

    “Then there was the Sitwells’ party at which it was proposed to read aloud a sentence of banishment upon Ottoline, but this...

  37. November 8, 2010

    The Lost Diaries

    If imitation is the highest form of flattery, one could surmise that Craig Brown admires and respects a large cross-section...

  38. October 18, 2010

    Romantic Moderns

    Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper, by Alexandra Harris,...

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