Somerset Maugham

Searching for Coco on the Côte d’Azur

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Anne de Courcy, an escapee from tabloid journalism, has become a polished historian of British high society in the 20th…

Should we be reading the flamboyant, forgotten novelist John Lodwick?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

One fail-safe test of a writer’s reputation is to see how many times his or her books get taken out…

Chilly noirs, kinky Cluedo & John Wayne as a gun-toting Wise Man: an alternative Xmas film canon

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Comfort and joy. That’s what the song talks about, and that’s what the classic Christmas movies deliver. Whether it’s Die…

There’s nothing wrong with plugging a friend’s book

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The advantage of reviewing books by a friend is that you can invite him out for a walk across the…

The unspiritual life is in sad decline (except on Michael Chandris's yacht)

29 August 2015 9:00 am

According to Somerset Maugham, in material terms one must live on the razor edge between poverty and minimal subsistence in…

Juliet Townsend (1941-2014)

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Mark Amory remembers a close friend and trusted reviewer

The food of love

4 January 2014 9:00 am

The Albek Duo are two astonishingly beautiful and talented Venetian musicians, Fiona and Ambra, who are identical twins. Hearing the…

The Spoken Word: Short Stories, Volume II - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Largely unheard since their original performances or BBC broadcasts between 1939 and 2011, these readings of 12 short stories by…