Henry Hitchings

A love letter to all great dictionaries

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Asked to name a reference book, you may well choose the Encyclopaedia Britannica or the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary. But…

Ben Judah feels like a stranger in his native London

6 February 2016 9:00 am

‘I was born in London,’ Ben Judah tells us early in this vivid portrait of Britain’s capital, ‘but I no…

Charlotte and Susan Cushman as Romeo and Juliet c. 1849. Now comparatively obscure,Charlotte was widely considered the most powerful actress on the 19th-century stage

Shakespeare’s stagecraft — and his greatest players

16 May 2015 9:00 am

How many books are there about Shakespeare? A study published in the 1970s claimed a figure of 11,000, and today…