Christopher Hawtree

How could enlightened 18th-century Britain have believed that a woman could give birth to rabbits?

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Does a practical joke differ from a hoax? It could be a matter of scale. Anyone can deploy a whoopee…

The confessions of Gerard Manley Hopkins

9 January 2016 9:00 am

‘I am 12 miles from a lemon,’ lamented that bon vivant clergyman Sydney Smith on reaching one country posting. He…

Between town and country

18 April 2015 9:00 am

‘I nauseate walking; ’tis a country diversion. I loathe the country and everything that relates to it… Ah l’étourdie! I…