Travis Elborough

How Liverpool soon outgrew the Beatles

20 January 2024 9:00 am

For the bands playing at Eric’s, the celebrated Merseyside punk club of the late 1970s, even to own a Beatles record was considered embarrassing

The folly of garden cities

23 July 2022 9:00 am

In his 1981 autobiography A Better Class of Person, the playwright John Osborne described an encounter he’d recently had with…

The story of Sealand – a most improbable sovereign state

5 September 2020 9:00 am

In 2012, the editors of Vice ran an article aimed at would-be contributors to their self-avowedly edgy magazine headed ‘Never…

‘Islandia’: map of Iceland , complete with sea monsters, from the 16th-century Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius

How a faulty map led to the discovery of America

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Reflecting on the genesis of Treasure Island, the adventure yarn that grew from a map of an exotic isle he…

Providence Island, seen from Crab Cay

Pirates and puritans

3 June 2017 9:00 am

In The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, Sue Townsend’s hapless teenage diarist, reeling from the news that Argentina has just…