Laura writes on art, architecture, books, dance, social history and food. Scroll down for recent pieces.


A brief history of unicorns – Spectator 


Sebastian Faulks interview – Sunday Times Culture 

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Lee Miller at Hepworth Wakefield – Spectator 


Edward Bawden at Dulwich – Sunday Times Culture 


Delacroix at the Louvre – Country Life 

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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – Sunday Times

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Patrick Heron at Tate St Ives – Spectator 

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Mary Cassatt and Camille Corot in Paris – Spectator 

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Westminster Abbey’s New Weston Tower – Sunday Times Culture 

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Rodin at the British Museum – Spectator 

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Review: Amy Sackville Painter to the King – Spectator 

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Monet & Architecture at the National Gallery – Sunday Times Culture 

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Monet in London – Spectator 

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Noli Me Tangere paintings – Spectator 

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Picasso at Tate Modern – Sunday Times Culture 

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Review: Agnes Poirier Left Bank – The Times 


A love letter to Kettle’s Yard – Sunday Times Culture 

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All Too Human at Tate – Sunday Times Magazine

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The new Hayward Gallery – Sunday Times Culture 

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My anorexia was the Grinch at Christmas – Sunday Times Magazine

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Modigliani at Tate Modern – Sunday Times Culture 

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Interview: Jackson & Levine – Sunday Times The Dish 

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Bloomberg HQ – Sunday Times Culture 

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The Mithraeum – Sunday Times Culture

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Erté revival – The Spectator 

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Review: Caroline Fraser Prairie Fires The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder 

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Impressionists in London – Spectator 

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Soutine at the Courtauld – Spectator 

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Review: Margaret Forster Diary of an Ordinary Schoolgirl – The Times 

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Dali and Duchamp at the Royal Academy – Sunday Times Culture

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Art and architecture in Tokyo – Spectator 

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Review: Andrew Michael Hurley Devil’s Day – The Times 

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Review: William Boyd Dreams of Bethany Melmoth 

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Review: Viv Groskop The Anna Karenina Fix – The Times 

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Edgar Degas: Voyeur – Spectator 

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Review: Claire Tomalin A Life of My Own – The Times 

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Interview: Sir Roy Strong – Sunday Times

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The joy of trunks and tuck boxes – The Spectator 

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Cult of Perfection – The Spectator 

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Review: Emily Fridlund History of Wolves – The Times


Trending: Vinegar – Sunday Times The Dish 

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Review: Alex Preston As Kingfishers Catch Fire – The Times 

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Review: Phyllis Richardson House of Fiction – The Times

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Wyndham Lewis – Spectator 

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A Taste of Saucy Old Soho – Spectator 

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Review: Amanda Craig The Lie of the Land – Spectator 


Let There be Light – Spectator 

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Trending: Japanese pickles – Sunday Times The Dish 

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Making Waves: Hokusai at the British Museum – Spectator 

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Table Talk – Sunday Times Magazine

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Bump-to-bump: the joy of visitation scenes – The Spectator 


Review: Colm Tóibín House of Names – The Times


Review: Bella Bathurst Sound, Vanessa Potter Patient H69 – The Times

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The Millennial Wasters – Sunday Times – The Dish 

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Review: Idaho, Darke, Behold The Dreamers, The End of Eddy – Spectator 

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Review: Lisa McInerney – The Blood Miracles

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Nude food – Sunday Times – The Dish 

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Review: America After the Fall at Royal Academy – Apollo

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Review: David Jones – Standpoint

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Review: Domenico Starnone Ties – The Times 

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Can Elena Ferrante work on the stage? – Spectator 


Review: Queen Bees – The TLS 


Review: Paolozzi at Whitechapel – Spectator


Rodin at 100 – Spectator 

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David Hockney at Tate – The Spectator 

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Review: Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow – The Times 

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Uber is the death of romance – Spectator 


Claudia Roden Cooks With Love – TLS Blog 

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How to solve the veg crisis? Eat pasta – Spectator blogs 


Review: Neil Gaiman Norse Mythology – The Times 


The magic and mischief of Arthur Rackham – The Spectator 

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Review: Gerard Reve The Evenings – The Spectator 

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The only new year’s resolution work keeping? A diary – Telegraph 


Review: Cecil Beaton and Horst – TLS 


Food book of the year – Spectator blogs


Review: Bernhard Schlink The Reader – The Times 

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Notes on… A Good Night’s Sleep – The Spectator 


Have you got party FOFOPOCO? (Fear Of Far-Off Post Codes) – ES Magazine



Three Cheers for Stucco – Spectator 

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Instagram a la carte – Jumeirah magazine 


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Review: D J Taylor’s Snobs – Mail on Sunday


Review: Anna Pavord Landskipping – Mail on Sunday


Trump’s junk presidency – Spectator blogs

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Donald Trump and Insta-grief – Spectator blogs

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Flaming June returns to London – Daily Mail 


Review: Browse: The World in Bookshops – Mail on Sunday


The chilliest book I’ve ever read – Spectator 


Halloween Pumpkins and other horrors – Spectator blogs


Save History of Art! – Spectator blogs 


Rabbit Redux – The TLS 


Review: Flaneuse, The Essex Serpent, The Lesser Bohemians – Standpoint 

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Notes On… The V&A – Spectator 

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The future is quiet – Spectator

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The joy of art rooms – Spectator Schools

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Celebrating C F A Voysey – Daily Mail


Review: Evelyn Waugh and A E Housman – Standpoint

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Mischief in the margins – Spectator 

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Notes on… Ice Cream – Spectator

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Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne – Daily Mail

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Review: Franny Moyle – JMW Turner – Mail on Sunday


In our fondness for Stanley Spencer’s Roses, we have cut off his thorns – Spectator

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The utter misery of the happiness industry – Spectator 

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Review: Jessie Burton The Muse – Spectator 


The Ultimate Posh Picnic – Spectator 


An ode to Hugh ‘History of Art’ Honour – Spectator 

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Review: Rowan Moore Slow Burn City – TLS

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Review: John Piper at Pallant House – Spectator 

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How we eat now – Daily Mail

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Forget the Atkins diet – try beef and brandy – Spectator Health 

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Maria Merian at the Queen’s Gallery – Daily Mail

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Power of power napping – Spectator Health 

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J L Carr – Standpoint 

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Cult of Clean – Spectator 

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Review: Ann Rowe Facets of Light – Mail on SundayFacets of Light

Skewered by Osbert Lancaster – Standpoint 

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Notes on… The London Library – Spectator 

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The new school meals – Spectator 

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Vogue at the National Portrait Gallery – TLS


Botticelli at the V&A – Spectator 

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Review: D J Taylor The Prose Factory – Standpoint

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The twee, treacly and tearful Pre-Raphaelites – Spectator 

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Review: When Breath Becomes Air – Daily Mail 


Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse – Daily Mail

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Origami is the new colouring-in – Sunday Telegraph


Buy your books in bookshops – Spectator Blogs 

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Review: Fallen Glory – Mail on Sunday


Dickensian is the one soap you must watch – Daily Mail 

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Have we reached ‘peak scented candle’? – Daily Mail 

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Nikolai Astrup – Standpoint 

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Notes on… Christmas Lists – The Spectator 


Review: Peter Lanyon at Courtauld Gallery – TLS TIM-017-1GL-04dec_1934664862 (1)-page-001

Boys’s Own books – Standpoint

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Down with corsets! Death to hooped petticoats! – The TLS

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Is pottery the new baking? – Daily Mail 


Once-upon-a-time history lessons – Spectator Culture House

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Review: A Notable Woman – Mail on Sunday

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The ‘Starchitects’ redrawing the London Skyline – Evening Standard ES Magazine 

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Review: Dogs of Courage – Daily Mail 


Review: The Booker Prize winner – Daily Mail 

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Notes on… The Hague – Spectator


Why Sylvia Plath loved avocados – Daily Mail 


I love autumn – Spectator 

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Review: Chelsea vs. Montmartre – Standpoint 

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Brian Sewell Obituary – Daily Mail 


Bee-keeping behind the bike sheds – Spectator Schools 

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Instagram madness – Daily Mail 


Why Toxteth should win the Turner Prize – Standpoint 

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The joy of fruit – Daily Mail 


Review: Alexandra Harris’s Weatherland – Daily Mail  


Review: Simon Goodman’s Orpheus Clock – Daily Mail 

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Review: Christopher Plumb’s Georgian Menagerie -Daily Mail 


Review: Daphne Selfe’s The Way We Wore – Daily Mail 


Mozart’s Seraglio – Daily Mail 

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A study of one’s own – Daily Mail 


Breakfast Before Instagram – London Review of Breakfasts 

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Penelope Mortimer Reborn – The TLS Blog

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The Bloomsbury look – Daily Mail 

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Speed reading Harper Lee – Daily Mail 

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Have we reached peak-Monet? – Daily Mail 


The book that brought out my inner Miliband – Spectator 

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Cool spots in hot London – Standpoint 

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What’s on the menu? Gibberish! – Daily Mail 


Can’t bookshops go back to selling books? – Daily Mail


Review: London War Notes by Mollie Panter-Downes – TLS

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Sixty years of Ian Nairn – Daily Mail


I second that Emoji – Spectator 


Making a splash – Daily Mail 

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Review: Civilising the Yahoos – Standpoint 

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Review: ‘Be More Howard – within reason’ – Spectator 

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Always ask famous friends to sign their books – especially if they are Kingsley Amis – TLS Blog 

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‘To make a dove, you must first wring its neck.’ Was Picasso as cruel as his family claim? – Daily Mail 


‘Why isn’t election in the dictionary?’ A report from three Tottenham academies on the morning of the General Election – Civitas 

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The woman who fell in love with an octopus – Daily Mail 

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Picasso’s £115million bordello – Daily Mail 


The Dairy Delusion – Spectator Health 

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We’re turning into generation selfie – interview with Mollie King – Daily Telegraph 


Why even a royal mistress can’t resist a souvenir mug – Sunday Telegraph 

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The quiet sketcher: Eric Ravilious’ greenhouses – Standpoint

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Review: A quick autopsy, and then off to the ball – Daily Mail

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The ‘Hipster Spinsters’ redefining single life – Daily Telegraph


‘When Gone Girl moved to Zurich’ – Sunday Telegraph


Karl Marx and silk stockings – The Idler 

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‘There are no ugly women, only lazy ones’ – The TLS 

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Meet the Skype Dads – The Spectator 

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Literature taught me how to eat – Daily Telegraph 

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Loved The Miniaturist? Now get the Delft look – Daily Mail 

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How to roast an egg – Sunday Telegraph 


An online treasure trove – Standpoint

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Laurie Lee’s Voluptuous Appetite – Petits Propos Culinaires 


‘A cross between apricot soufflé and Just William’: Joan Wyndham’s Love Letters – Slightly Foxed

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Beyond Emil and the Detectives – Standpoint 

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Review: ‘Even the fridge was pink.’ A new biography of Craigie Aitchison – The TLS 


Why were Rubens’ ladies so deliciously plump? Blame the pancakes – Daily Mail 


Vera Brittain – Feminist, polemicist… fashionista – Harper’s Bazaar online 


A Golden Age for Musicals – Daily Mail 


Want to write a bestseller? Visit a gallery – Harper’s Bazaar online

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Review: A London Pub Crawl with Ian Nairn – Standpoint 

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Why I’m boycotting Amazon – Daily Mail


London’s Last Lamplighters – Daily Mail / syndicated in The Week 


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A descent into the Crossrail tunnels – Standpoint 

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Painting on porridge packets – The TLS 

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Behind the scenes secrets of Mr Tuner – Daily Mail 

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William Morris Prince of Pattern – Daily Mail 

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Rembrandt the Rotter – Daily Mail 


The St Ives seagulls, hoodlums of the harbour – Daily Mail

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Turner vs. Constable Battle of the Blockbusters – Daily Mail 


Last of the Scandal Sisters: Obit of Deborah Devonshire – Daily Mail 


Mr Baedeker and his very politically incorrect travel guides – Daily Mail 


Scrambled, not stirred! James Bond’s love of eggs – Daily Mail 

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The Twittering Bookshop – Daily Mail

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A plague on (literary) picnics – Daily Mail 


Pelican flies again – Standpoint 

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Potato Prints and Elderflower Champagne with Peggy Angus – Spectator 

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Abram Games, the Blonde Bombshell and the Stockwell Swan – Standpoint

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The Cider With Rosie seductress who tormented two geniuses – Daily Mail 

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Tracey Emin’s Bed: Symbol of the Ladette Age – Daily Mail 


Eric Ravilious Master of Mizzle – Standpoint 

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A Dickens Marathon: How I (almost) read all of Dickens in a year – Slightly Foxed

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Shopping the World with Lisa Sainsbury – Standpoint

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Kenneth Clark King of Civilisation – Daily Mail 


Did Matisse seduce a nun? – Daily Mail 


Review: Death by Flypaper – Daily Mail 

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Trellick and the Tower Block dream – Standpoint

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When Quentin Bell Wore Lurid Green Socks – Spectator 

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Nightwalking with Dickens – Standpoint / syndicated in Daily Mail 

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Review: Romping around the Great Wen – Standpoint

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Review: Peter Ackroyd Three Brothers – Standpoint 


Bookish Brummies – Standpoint 

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The Tommies’ Epic – David Jones’ In Parenthesis – Standpoint 

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They were the future, once – the heyday of the Young Conservatives – Standpoint 

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One Never Counted One’s Calories – Daily Mail 

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An interview with Coralie Bickford Smith – Varsity 



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