the Berlin wall

The writing’s on the wall in Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s first novel

20 May 2017 9:00 am

This daintily dress-conscious and rewardingly heavyweight novel is set mainly in a half imaginary stately home in Oxfordshire. The story…

The Tower of Babel by Lucas van Valckenborch, 1591

The buildings we treasure most are often the ones we’ve never seen

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Here are two books which have almost nothing in common: form, function, source material, methodology, all utterly different. The surprise…

The history of modern Germany — within four walls

19 September 2015 8:00 am

This is a book about boundaries — and relationships. At its heart is the eponymous house by the lake, which…