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Frances Wilson is an author, biographer and critic, whose works include The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth. Her most recent book is How to Survive the Titanic, or the Sinking of J Bruce Ismay. She reviews for the TLS, the Telegraph and the New Statesman.
Without its own code of manners, any social group would dissolve into anarchy.
Rachel Hewitt's book is fuelled by vim and vigour.
I live in a state of perpetual excitement, like a figure in a Quentin Blake illustration.
Malcolm Guite's religious portrait of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The Bestseller Code by Jodie Archie and Matthew L Jockers reveals what literary hits have in common.
My brothers were both warriors in Lycra, while what I did had no value whatsoever – and still doesn’t.
Mosntrous Progeny invites us to reflect on two hundred years of a prolific, and horrific, creation.
Two new books about the painter show that, when it comes to biography, sometimes less detail can give us more perspective.
How an opium-addicted celebrity emerged from the fraught world of editorial double-dealing.
At Vanity Fair: From Bunyan to Thackeray by Kirsty Milne takes us from The Pilgrim's Progress to Condé Nast’s glamorous title.