GEORGE ORWELL IN WONDERLAND

There has been much debate among writers of fantasy tales over where exactly Elfland or Fairyland is sited. Lewis Carroll called it...

WITTY WOMEN

Outlining his plans for an edition of Shakespeare's works, Samuel Johnson argued that they had been written at a time “when the meaning...

 
 
 

WEARING DOWN THE GIANTS

If Robert Graves coined the counsel to “write what you know”, he rarely followed it. Better advice is, “write what you love”. If you're...

THE NEXT NEW KEY

In 1970, at the time of the last Beethoven jubilee, one of the leaders of the musical avant garde, Mauricio Kagel, suggested that the...

 
 
 

LOST IN A HALL OF MIRRORS

The recent death of Daniel Cordier, former secretary to the French Resistance legend Jean Moulin, will no doubt attract new interest...

FRONTLINE OF DEMOCRACY

Europe in the 1920s, that war-wrecked place, was famously a playground for American youngsters made pleasantly rich by the strength...

 
 
 

THE CROWN: FACT OR FICTION? THE VIEW FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD

I am baffled about the current debates on The Crown. What is it when the culture secretary appears to demand that a historical drama...

BECAUSE IT'S THERE

Astronauts don't float in space; they fall. They become weightless because they are falling at the same speed as their surroundings...

 
 
 

KNIGHTS AND LADIES

Beth Harmon is the kind of girl I would once have fallen for. The heroine of the miniseries The Queen's Gambit coolly beats men twice...

HOW I BECAME A GUINEA PIG

I am fortunate to inhabit a slice of Manhattan resting between two of the world's great urban greenspaces: Central Park and its lesser-known...

 
 
 

WE WORK AND THEN WE LEAVE

“I have a shorthand kind of career. Short tasks, short stays, short skirts”, announces the narrator of Hilary Leichter's Temporary,...

EVERYTHING A MADELEINE

Howie, the narrator of Nicholson Baker's debut novella, The Mezzanine (1988), would be delighted with this reissue, since the inside...

 
 
 

CAPITALISM, NOT SEX

Viral, Matthew Sperling's second novel to star the anti-hero Ned and his cannier companion Alice, is set in Berlin, which Ned loves:...

A SHORT TAXONOMY OF BULLYING

“I'd like an easy job”, the unnamed narrator of this novel - the first by Kikuko Tsumura to be translated into English - tells her...

 
 
 

THE FIRE LAST TIME

In the standard Hollywood account, 1960s Los Angeles basks in an endless summer of Laurel Canyons and Kustom Kulture, surf bums, swamis...

BEETHOVEN AT 250

This week, Thea Lenarduzzi and Lucy Dallas are joined by Paul Griffiths, the author most recently of the novel Mr Beethoven, to discuss...

 
 
 

DIFFICULT QUESTIONS

Halfway through Just Us, I was reminded of the moment in Toni Morrison 's Beloved (1987) when, in a clearing, Baby Suggs delivers a...

CHILDHOOD RAGE AND REDEMPTION

The homework described in the first scene of Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges is unequivocally analogue. Two oboes loop and circle...

 
 
 

NO HOME TO GO TO

“Try to be ‘Jamaican',” the official guidance explains, “use local accents and dialect overseas accents can attract unwanted attention.”...

LIMITS OF A WELCOME

Bhanu Kapil's writing over the past two decades has consisted mostly of prose poetry about relationships, patriarchal authority, racism,...

 
 
 



Ireland 31-16 Scotland: Andy Farrell's side secure third place in Autumn...

Ireland 31-16 Scotland: Andy Farrell's side secure third place in Autumn Nations Cup

The home side narrowly edged a competitive encounter in Dublin, with Keith Earls crossing over twice at crucial moments when Scotland were threatening to take over in the game. Read more ...

Millwall fans BOO after players take the knee ahead of Championship clash...

Millwall fans BOO after players take the knee ahead of Championship clash with Derby

Gary Rowett and his players confirmed they would continue to take the knee in support for the anti racism movement in a statement earlier this week but some of the returning... Read more ...

Labour leader Keir Starmer is forced to self-isolate and work from home...

Labour leader Keir Starmer is forced to self-isolate and work from home until mid-December

Labour leader Keir Starmer, 58, has been forced to self-isolate and work from home. His spokesman said: 'Keir is well and not showing any symptoms.' Read more ...

Why David de Gea was left out of Manchester United's squad for West Ham clash

Why David de Gea was left out of Manchester United's squad for West Ham clash

De Gea was originally injured in the Southampton win David de Gea was omitted from Manchester United 's Premier League squad to face West Ham United on Saturday. The Spaniard... Read more ...

Ireland vs Scotland live stream: how to watch Nations Cup rugby free...

Ireland vs Scotland live stream: how to watch Nations Cup rugby free anywhere today

Our guide explains how to get an Ireland vs Scotland live stream and watch Autumn Nations Cup rugby online today wherever you are in the world. Read more ...

What channel is West Ham v Man Utd on? Kick off time, live stream and latest...

What channel is West Ham v Man Utd on? Kick off time, live stream and latest team news

Manchester United will hope to find some home comfort back in the Premier League when they travel to West Ham on Saturday for a televised encounter. United lost 3-1 to PSG in... Read more ...

Stroll for Man City as Fulham thrashing beats Klopp's Liverpool record

Stroll for Man City as Fulham thrashing beats Klopp's Liverpool record

Kevin de Bruyne was unsurprisingly at the heart of proceedings as Manchester City eased past Fulham with a 2-0 victory on Saturday. Belgium international De Bruyne's pass... Read more ...

Raheem Sterling broke an all-time Premier League record during Man City's...

Raheem Sterling broke an all-time Premier League record during Man City's meeting with Fulham

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has this afternoon etched his name into the history books of the Premier League. Citizens cruising Pep Guardiola's men are currently locked... Read more ...

Tottenham vs Arsenal live stream: how to watch the North London Derby

Tottenham vs Arsenal live stream: how to watch the North London Derby

How to watch a Tottenham vs Arsenal live stream wherever you are in the world. Read more ...

Wales vs Italy live stream: how to watch Nations Cup rugby online from...

Wales vs Italy live stream: how to watch Nations Cup rugby online from anywhere today

Our guide explains how to get an Wales vs Italy live stream and watch Autumn Nations Cup rugby online today wherever you are in the world. Read more ...