Simon Goldhill introduces his new book by recalling a lunch with his editor, who suggested he make a pilgrimage and…
The story of Harry the Valet is the stuff of fiction.
Sam Leith marvels at Victorian Britain’s appetite for crime, where a public hanging was considered a family day out and murder became a lurid industry in itself
Stephen Potter’s Lifemanship contains a celebrated tip for writers who want to ensure good reviews.
John Henry Newman was an electrifying personality who has attracted numerous biographers and commentators.
Angela Thirlwell’s previous book was a double biography of William Rossetti (brother to the more famous Dante Gabriel) and his wife Lucy (daughter of the more famous Ford Madox Brown).
Mr Gladstone’s career in politics was titanic.
Thomas Babington Macaulay’s early essays in the Edinburgh Review were an immediate success, and soon made him a respected figure in Whig society.
‘For my generation of Essex teenagers, Dennis Wheatley’s novels represented the essential primer in diabolism,’ Ronald Hutton, the historian and expert on paganism, recalls.
In 1837 The Quarterly Review’s anonymous critic — actually, one Abraham Hayward — turned his attention to Charles Dickens, then in the first flaring of his popularity as the author of Sketches by Boz, The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist.
Ermyntrude and Esmeralda, by Lytton Strachey