RisingTideFallingStar by Philip Hoare review – a love of the ocean wave

There’s a radiant passage at the end of Philip Hoare’s prize-winning 2008 book Leviathan, where the author describes diving with a group of sperm whales off the Azores. He gazes into the ocean around him, endlessly deep, endlessly wide. “It was as if I were looking into the universe,” he writes. A vast whale swims […]

Harriet Harman’s Unfinished Business

  Harriet Harman, Labour’s former deputy leader, is as roundly Roundhead as Mr Clark was confidently Cavalier. Her new autobiography, “A Woman’s Work”, is as serious as his books are riotous. Continue reading The Economist article here. ‘I don’t want to be not-liked. It’s just that nobody did for nearly 20 years.’ Read her interview […]

Rory Stewart on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek

Rory Stewart OBE is MP for Penrith and The Border and Minister of State at the Department for International Development (DFID). After a period in the army, he joined the Foreign Office, serving in Indonesia and the Balkans and becoming deputy-governor of two provinces in Southern Iraq. His father Brian was a keen walker who […]

The Real-life Jumpin’ Jack Flash: How David Litvinoff Shook The 60s

    He inspired Mick Jagger, fought with Lucian Freud and shared lovers with Ronnie Kray. But David Litvinoff’s taste for danger would take him into the darkest corners of swinging London. Jon Savage on a new book by Keiron Pim which tells the story of this brilliant enigma. Read more at The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/19/the-real-life-jumpin-jack-flash-how-david-litvinoff-shook-the-60s […]

How John Peel Created our Musical World

  David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music, New Order … all owe their emergence in large part to one DJ. From psychedelia to drum’n’bass, and over 35 years, he shaped a nation’s – and the world’s – taste in music. It was 27 July 2012, the night of the opening ceremony of the […]