Food and Drink
18 July 2005
The frontispiece of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management of 1861 looks uncannily like the photographs on the walls...
Politics
04 April 2005
It is now a hundred years since the suffragette movement embarked on the decade that came to define it, the decade of...
Culture
03 November 2003
The walls of grand country houses are hung with paintings that speak of leisure and pleasure: ladies wearing court...
Human Rights
13 October 2003
The campaign to get women the vote was one of the first political movements to take place in a fully seeing age. Heroic...
Culture
24 February 2003
Teenage girls were not invented in the 1950s. While Queen Victoria was gearing up for her Golden Jubilee, a good...
Culture
21 October 2002
It is 1980 and I am about to meet the parents of my first proper boyfriend. He and I have bonded at Oxford over Bede...
Books
14 October 2002
The Methodists are at present thinking about uniting - or, to be quite accurate, reuniting - with the Church of England...
Books
12 August 2002
To read Queen Bees and Wannabes is to be plunged back into the dark state of perpetual watchfulness that is teenage...
Books
17 June 2002
The life and fiction of Rosamond Lehmann were in many ways indistinguishable from a superior Mills and Boon: there were...
Books
27 May 2002
As far as the George Orwell industry is concerned, Sonia Orwell was pure poison. Married to the great man for only his...
Books
06 May 2002
When it comes to catching the vexed, loving feelings of white settlers towards Africa, it is the women who have done it...
Books
15 April 2002
Every two weeks, a language dies. A set of sounds, evolved over centuries to communicate love, grief and the best place...
Books
04 February 2002
It is a sign of the gathering critical and commercial clout of biography that publishers now consider it worth their...
Food and Drink
14 January 2002
The man who is widely regarded as having made a career out of pissing on English literature has gone and done that very...
Food and Drink
26 November 2001
The inheritance of Dorothy Gallagher's title is that of New York blue-collar communism during the 1950s. It is also the...

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