Laurie Lee

The picture-postcard English village has long been a sham

15 April 2017 9:00 am

The old coaching inn on the green. The Sunday morning toll of church bells. The ducklings paddling on the pond.…

Why has the Peninsular War been so readily forgotten?

12 November 2016 9:00 am

You learn startling things about the long entanglement of the British with Spain on every page of Simon Courtauld’s absorbing…

More than just a pretty face: Elizabeth Jane Howard in 1968 with husband Kingsley Amis – the biggest leech of all

Elizabeth Jane Howard and the men who let her down

24 September 2016 9:00 am

D.J. Taylor welcomes a sympathetic and comprehensive new biography of the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard

Christmas-themed books — for children and adults

12 December 2015 9:00 am

There’s a moment in a child’s life where Christmas begins to lose its magic. Once lost it cannot be regained,…