Nostalgia

Times Square

New York: the fact – and fiction

8 December 2018 9:00 am

New York At times I used to think the place was real. The New York of films, that is. The…

In thrall to the Mob on Manhattan Beach

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Much has been made of the American novelist Jennifer Egan’s mutation, in her latest novel, from purveyor of metafiction and…

Regretful nostalgia: F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925

F. Scott Fitzgerald: haunted by nostalgia

24 June 2017 9:00 am

‘I do not like the idea of the biographical book,’ F. Scott Fitzgerald told his editor Max Perkins in 1936.…

A damn fine cup of coffee: Sherilyn Fenn and Kyle MacLachlan in the original Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks: the ultimate study in nostalgia

13 May 2017 9:00 am

The return of Twin Peaks is part of a wave of Nineties nostalgia, says Peter Hoskin

Tim Pears’s pastoral schmaltz would make perfect Sunday evening telly

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Set in rural England in 1911, Tim Pears’s latest novel tells of a friendship between 12-year-old Leo, a precocious carter,…

The taste of freedom and sunburnt holidays

The taste of freedom, sunburnt holidays and pocket money to burn

30 July 2016 9:00 am

It was a mistake to tell us about the gelati-to-sightseeing ratio. This was the formula my father, his younger sister…

It’s cricket, not football, that’s the beautiful game

23 July 2016 9:00 am

One day, many seasons ago, Jon Hotten was on the field when a bowler took all ten wickets. In his…

17th- and 18th-century buttons from John Taylor’s Birmingham workshop

In grandmother’s treasure-chest

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Juliet Nicolson examines women’s lives and changing fashions through a rich hoard of buttons for all occasions

It’s so sad the way they spoiled Selfridges

5 December 2015 9:00 am

In my childhood it was a place of enchantment. Today it’s just another garish shopping mall

Christmas is always a blast at our house

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Disasters are what make Christmas memorable, says Prue Leith

N.M. Gwynne’s diary: Old names worth dropping

17 October 2015 9:00 am

As I get older (and my 74th birthday is now close), I get deeper and deeper into nostalgia. I do…

Arch enemies: Euston Arch (left), torn down to make way for London’s most miserable train station (right)

Should Euston Arch be raised from the dead?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Yes  William Cook Rejoice! Rejoice! Fifty-four years after its destruction, Euston Arch has returned to Euston. Well, after a fashion.…

My Brasenose college reunion was great (even if David Cameron didn’t turn up)

2 May 2015 9:00 am

A couple of weeks ago I returned to my old Oxford college for a ‘gaudy’ — posh, Oxford-speak for a…

An alternative map of Britain: caves, canals, megaliths and ley lines

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Picture the map of Britain. Its strangely cadaverous shape, blobs of population and routes between them seem as familiar as…

Why squash deserves a place in the Olympics

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Thank god for the Commonwealth Games: at least they gave us a brief respite from football transfer stories. Instead of…

A secret from my African childhood has become a deeper mystery

22 February 2014 9:00 am

About 55 years ago, when I was about ten, my younger brother Roger and I discovered a slave pit in…

The nostalgia business

20 November 2010 12:00 am

The extraordinary thing about rock’n’roll is its longevity.