Culture
18 November 2002
There comes a moment in most biographies when, almost unwittingly, some aspect of the subject's life, work or attitudes...
Books
26 August 2002
A S Byatt recently declared, in one of her many interviews, that she was no longer interested in character so much as...
Music and Performance
15 July 2002
The battle between high and low culture comes round as regularly as the weekend football results. It could be glimpsed...
Books
20 May 2002
Had he lived, Orwell would have turned 99 next month. The spangled Edwardian literary generation of which he was a part...
TV and Radio
01 April 2002
The letters columns of EnglandHow resolute they standTo show the middle classesStill have the upper hand . . . To...
Books
18 February 2002
Literary historians have been picking over the Carlyle marriage for upwards of a century. Although bulked out by all...
Food and Drink
17 December 2001
One of the funniest scenes in Anthony Powell's Books Do Furnish a Room (1971) - funny, that is, to anyone who writes...
Ideas
09 April 2001
Patriotism may not be the last refuge of the scoundrel, but it is probably the last resort of the electorally desperate...
Books
08 January 2001
For a work explicitly promoted as a defence of the historical novel, A S Byatt's recent On Histories and Stories (...
Culture
29 May 2000
I only once saw Kingsley Amis in the flesh: it was ten years ago this August, at a party held at the Savile Club in...
Books
06 March 2000
What might be called the bohemian tradition in fiction, introduced by 19th-century Continentals such as Henri Murger...
Politics
08 November 1999
For quite a long time after I stopped working in the City - perhaps six months, or even nine - I used to dream about...
Culture
20 September 1999
Back in the early 1980s, as an aspiring literary hack, I can remember petitioning Peter Ackroyd - some kind of...
Books
26 July 1999
Although a good half of the work is set in the bright, disturbing near-present, the serious action in Alan Mahar's...
Food and Drink
09 April 1999
A cautionary tale from the world of books. Some years ago a group of literary-minded people from the Norwich area...

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