Byron

A soldier’s widow and child in Greece c. 1950

Greece is not just for Greeks — it belongs to the world

6 April 2019 9:00 am

It often proves difficult to talk about modern Greece. Not just because of the relentless stream of news coming at…

With the all-encompassing model of Moby-Dick behind him, Hoare presents us with a vast and billowing medley of marinaria

Spirits from the vasty deep…

29 July 2017 9:00 am

‘The sea defines us, connects us, separates us,’ Philip Hoare has written. His prize-winning Leviathan, then a collection of essays…

The city’s beauty has often been described as ‘melancholic’, ‘sinister’ or ‘dreamlike’

‘The finest architectural delusion in the world’

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Approximately 500 new books on Venice are published every year and this is not the first literary anthology devoted to…

Mussolini wanted it straightened

Beyond the Leaning Tower: the wonders of Pisa

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Say ‘Pisa’ and everyone thinks of the Leaning Tower. Fair enough; it’s a curiosity, and the tourist board must be…

‘Some find their death by swords and bullets; and some by fluids down the gullet’. Thomas Rowlandson’s illustration of ‘The English Dance of Death’ by William Combe, 1815 — a satire on the evils of drinking gin

Enjoy gin but don’t read books? Or read them only while drinking gin? This is the book for you

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Gin Glorious Gin: How Mother’s Ruin Became the Spirit of London is a jaunty and diverting history of ‘a wonderful…

Taki: the wisdom of 12-year-olds

7 December 2013 9:00 am

 New York I’m in an extremely happy state as I write this because a young Englishman flew over the ocean…

The cover of a popular late-19th-century edition of Mary Shelley’s novel. Frankenstein confronts the monster he has created

How the Romantics ruined lives

16 November 2013 9:00 am

It is perhaps the most celebrated house-party in the history of literary tittle-tattle: a two-house-party to be precise. Byron and…