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John Pardey’s 20/20 reviewed in Architecture Today

Added on 20/10/2020

Following his victory in the twentieth-century’s biggest architectural competition for the Sydney Opera House in 1957, nothing was ever going to be the same again for Jørn Utzon and his family. Working from Denmark for a number of years …

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Ghosts Who Walk Among Us: The Millions interviews Claire Cronin

Added on 19/10/2020

Some books arrive at the perfect time, but Cronin’s fascinating book feels absolutely made for this especially disturbing Halloween. It speaks to the transcendence of her concerns: she reveals how horror, ghosts, and God exist among …

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The Northern Question reviewed in Jacobin

Added on 19/10/2020

Last December’s British general election, like the Brexit vote of 2016, brought the North of England suddenly to the forefront of the country’s political discussion. The Labour Party was routed in many of its former Northern heartlands …

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The Northern Question featured in the Guardian

Added on 19/10/2020

Since the first brush with autumn, “local” measures to contain coronavirus have multiplied to span entire regions. Merseyside and Lancashire sit together in the new tier 3 alert level, with Greater Manchester resisting the categorisation …

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Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker reviewed in the Spectator

Added on 19/10/2020

Twenty-five years after making Spartacus, a parable of Roman decadence and rebellious slaves shot in California, Stanley Kubrick made Full Metal Jacket, a ’Nam flick shot in Beckton. Ever the perfectionist, Kubrick had imported …

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Fake Heritage reviewed in the Spectator

Added on 19/10/2020

Closely inspect No. 23 Leinster Terrace, Bayswater and you might notice the house has no letter box. Push at the door and you might find it stuck; force your way in and you might find you plummet 40 feet through open space …

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Rebel Women Between the Wars reviewed in the TLS

Added on 16/10/2020

Dorothy Pilley hates shopping. Trudging around fancy department stores with Mother exhausts her; it makes her muscles ache and addles her brain. Unfortunately, for middle-class Edwardian daughters (…) there seems little else to do.

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Britain and Europe in a Troubled World reviewed in Brexit-Watch.org

Added on 15/10/2020

This elegant and incisive book on Britain and the European project since 1950 springs from a series of lectures he delivered at Yale University in 2019. What would his American audience have made of his historically-grounded …

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Arts and Crafts Churches reviewed in the Church Times

Added on 12/10/2020

This comprehensive overview provides the first detailed account of the phenomenon of the Arts & Crafts church, examining 150 of the finest examples, mostly built between 1884 and 1918 in England, Scotland, and Wales.

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Space Freamed featured in Places Journal

Added on 12/10/2020

For more than two decades, the Cuban American photographer Abelardo Morell has been working on his Camera Obscura series. The resulting images are instantly enchanting and endlessly fascinating, and just as often disorienting …

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The Art Collector’s Handbook reviewed in The Art Newspaper

Added on 12/10/2020

Mary Rozell certainly knows what she is talking about: she is the global head of the UBS art collection, an art lawyer and an art historian. In addition, she was previously the director of art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

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Shlomo Avineri’s biography of Marx revieved in Project Syndicate

Added on 12/10/2020

As I read Shlomo Avineri’s exquisite recent biography of Marx, I became increasingly troubled by the image of an individual “separated from the community.” But the individual I was thinking about was Marx himself …

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