Add this topic to your myFT Digest for news straight to your inbox
How the two major figures in British cultural life sparked an interest in combining the highbrow and the popular
Is the intellectual and artistic inheritance that attracted the late critic a mixed blessing?
Australian spanned the realms of high and popular culture with wry intelligence
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
The author’s most recent essays and poems are haunted by death — yet radiate life
Maria Crawford picks her books of the year so far
The author looks back at the poets who have resonated with him over the years, from Walt Whitman to Sylvia Plath
The success of their home, resource-driven economy is putting Australians off staying in Britain
A new take on a 700-year-old epic is short on precision
How writing a book resembles fighting a war, writers getting their own country, and the unusual urge to stuff dead animals
Actor Bill Nighy opens up about insomnia, taxes and undermining himself, then comes back the next day to do it all over again...
A High Court award of damages to an author who received a ‘malicious’ review has raised eyebrows in a literary world more often accused of mutual backslapping
When translated to the small screen, irony can be wearying