Night trains have long been a source of fascination. Authors from Agatha Christie to Graham Greene have used sleeper trains to tell tales of romance, intrigue and decadence against a rolling background of dramatic landscapes. The reality could be just as thrilling as the fiction: early British travellers on the Orient Express were advised to […]
Established by the film industry in 1912 as the nation’s only official and independent classifier of the moving image, the British Board of Film Classification (originally the British Board of Film Censors) has long been a source of fascination – and sometimes a bone of contention – for filmgoers, film-makers and industry figures.
Bookshops have always possessed a kind of magic. How many of us have wandered into a bookshop for “a quick look” and have found ourselves still browsing the shelves hours later? In Browse: the world in bookshops, Henry Hitchings asks fifteen writers from around the world on their thoughts and experiences of bookshops.
The burning of a book is a powerful action – especially when the act is carried out in public. The book may be burnt for many reasons but whatever the reason, it is a strong statement. In On the Burning of Books, Kenneth Baker explores famous moments throughout history when books have been burnt for […]
(Photo credit: Macmillan. Image above shows a woman in a long green coat and hat looking at a notice on a wall. The title of the book is written in gold text) Online dating is common nowadays with numerous dating sites competing to help set people up. But engaging an outside party to help find […]
(Photo credit: The book of tea: Growing it, making it, drinking it, the history, recipes and lots more by Nick Kilby and Louise Cheadle is published by Jacqui Small LLP) (Image above shows the title of the book and the author names against an orange background with a white teacup and saucer) Louise Cheadle […]
(Photo credit: New Island Books. Image above shows the title and author of the book and an image of bright shining spotlights) Dancing grannies, Polish milkmaids and the Bearded Lady. There’s no denying that the Eurovision Song Contest remains one of the most enduring phenomena of popular culture and, perhaps, also one of the strangest. […]
(Photo credit: Pavilion Books. Image above shows an old-fashioned car against a dark background alongside the title of the book: Ferguson’s Gang: the remarkable story of the National Trust gangsters and the names of the authors: Polly Bagnall and Sally Beck) 1927. Britain’s heritage is vanishing. Beautiful landscapes are being bulldozed. Historic buildings are being blown […]
(Photo credit: publisher – Oneworld) (Image above shows a man’s face shown in two halves, with the title of the book ‘Half-life: the divided life of Bruno Pontecorvo, physicist or spy, and the author’s name: Frank Close) The memo landed on Kim Philby’s desk in Washington, DC, in July 1950. Three months later, Bruno Pontecorvo, […]