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The Letters of Cole Porter reviewed in The Times

Added on 10/11/2019

Cole Porter’s songs glitter and dazzle, and beneath the veneer of Fifth Avenue sophistication they are often surprisingly frank about the joys of sex. Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love is much more than a request to hold hands.

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Novel Houses by Christina Hardyment reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 01/11/2019

Where, or rather what, would Rebecca be without Manderley, The Forsyte Saga without Robin Hill or Howards End without, well, Howards End? In this collection of 20 sparkling mini-essays, Christina Hardyment sets out …

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Legacy of Empire reviewed in the Tablet

Added on 01/11/2019

A few years ago, I was standing with an Israeli acquaintance on a viewing platform looking across Jerusalem. The panorama before us, he assured me, would tell me everything I needed to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Nicosia Beyond Barriers reviewed in the Morning Star

Added on 29/10/2019

This anthology of work by writers across the dividing “green line” reflects the growing contestation of the divisive, right-wing nationalist “Turkish-Cypriot” official narratives and the emergence of unifying, inclusive, perspectives …

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Now and Then featured in the Daily Mail

Added on 24/10/2019

An evocative series of portraits capturing Britain’s ‘ordinary folk’ in working class communities over a period of 25 years have been brought together in a stunning new collection. One of Britain’s foremost photographers, [Daniel] Meadows …

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The Letters of Cole Porter featured in The Times

Added on 21/10/2019

A pair of British academics, who have compiled Porter’s correspondence into a forthcoming book entitled The Letters of Cole Porter, found that the musician’s private life was at odds with his public image as a wealthy man bouncing …

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Marie Antoinette reviewed in The Times

Added on 21/10/2019

Hardman utilises years of researching the fall of the French monarchy, weaving in accounts by those who knew, loved or loathed Marie Antoinette, to offer a broadly convincing portrait of a woman who “inspired loyalty in strangers …

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Ahab’s Rolling Sea by Richard J. King reviewed in New Scientist

Added on 21/10/2019

[The author] studied Melville’s original sources to work out what he probably knew rather than what he wrote, delved into specimen tanks below the Natural History Museum in London, interviewed scientists and took to the seas …

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Grace Blakeley’s best books on how banking rules the world

Added on 21/10/2019

From a psychological study of city bankers to the ‘delusion of thrift’ in John Lanchester’s novel Capital, Grace Blakeley [the author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation] shares her favourite titles on the power of banks.

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Natalie Olah takes a psychosocial look at the roots of Britain’s classist society

Added on 17/10/2019

I’ve got a radical idea that instead of focusing on the symptoms of poor mental health, as we so often do, we should begin to look at some of the causes, starting with the assumption that those in power got there entirely under their own …

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The Elizabethan Image reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 16/10/2019

In June 1968, Roy Strong – shortly after his sensational appointment, at the age of thirty-one, as Director of the National Portrait Gallery – reviewed a “Jackdaw” on Elizabeth I for the Spectator. Jackdaws were a series of …

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Legacy of Empire reviewed in The Balfour Project

Added on 14/10/2019

“Nimbyism”, for readers unfamiliar with the term, crops up regularly in Gardner Thompson’s eloquent account of the disastrous course and consequences, still with us, of Britain’s 31 years ownership of and faltering rule in Palestine.

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