Philip larkin

The touching traces of the past in church visitors’ books

15 June 2019 9:00 am

I am memorialised twice in my village church. Not in some premature lapidary way, but in the visitors’ book. The…

The upsides of dementia: Forgetfulness can be a blessing

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Forgetfulness has its blessings

They tuck you up

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Philip Larkin did more harm than my parents

A biographer’s tale: beware of meeting your literary heroes

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Writing biographies is bracing work

John Ruskin as a boy, seated beside his mother, listening to the sermon

Every day is mother’s day for writers: most have strong feelings about their mothers, though not always of love

10 March 2018 9:00 am

You attempt to write a review with a stiff dose of objectivity, but it’s hard not to start with a…

On the waterfront: The Deep, Hull

How Hull won me over

4 February 2017 9:00 am

James Walton finds a lot to love about this year’s City of Culture – even on a bleak January weekend

‘Nympheas (Waterlilies)’, 1914–15, by Claude Monet

The link between herbaceous borders and the avant-garde

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Philip Larkin once remarked that Art Tatum, a jazz musician given to ornate, multi-noted flourishes on the keyboard, reminded him…

Shock and awe in Coventry, 14 November 1940

21 November 2015 9:00 am

On 14 November 1940, at seven in the evening, the Luftwaffe began to bomb Coventry. The skyline turned red like…

Beatles mania! (Photo: Getty)

The best of British — from Agatha Christie to the YBAs

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Is it true that, having lost an empire, we reinvented ourselves as an island of entertainers? Do we channel the…

Barbara Pym: a woman scorned

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Anyone who has ever listened to the thump of a rejected manuscript descending cheerlessly on to the mat can take…

Who needs drugs when you have Radio 3?

30 August 2014 9:00 am

I’m willing to bet it’s only on the BBC’s Radio 3 that you’ll find yourself listening to a programme quite…

Why can’t country views be protected from wind turbines?

12 April 2014 9:00 am

City skylines are protected from careless building. Why should country views be different?

This be the verse

27 November 2010 12:00 am

Philip Larkin, who died 25 years ago this week, was a truly great poet. His personal habits are utterly irrelevant

Two of a kind

23 October 2010 12:00 am

They were ‘soulmates’ according to people who knew both of them.