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Elizabeth Jane Howard, 1978 Photo: Getty

Should Elizabeth Jane Howard have brought back the Cazalets?

23 November 2013
All Change Elizabeth Jane Howard

Mantle, pp.400, £18.99, ISBN: 9780230743076

Some years ago, a woman wrote to Dear Mary, at the back of this periodical, with an unusual problem: she was a keen follower of new fiction but felt guilty… Read more


Poet of the middling sort

30 June 2012
Edmund Spenser: A Life Andrew Hadfield

OUP, pp.576, 25, ISBN: 9780199591022

‘If you cn rd ths msg, you cn bcm a sec & gt a gd jb’. So ran the advertisement for the Brook Street Bureau employment agency. It was the… Read more


Method in her magic

12 May 2012
Bring Up the Bodies Hilary Mantel

Fourth Estate, pp.411, 20

Bring Up the Bodies, as everybody knows, is the sequel to Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel’s fictional re-imagining of the life and times of Henry VIII’s most effective servant, Thomas Cromwell.… Read more


King of spin

16 April 2011
Henry VIII David Loades

Amberley Publishing, pp.480, 25

Draw two two-inch triangles, tip to tip, one on top of the other. A little way down the left flank of the upper triangle, take a perpendicular line out to… Read more