Robert Louis Stevenson

Children’s books provide the perfect escape from coronovirus

11 July 2020 9:00 am

The lockdown we have been enduring has at times felt drawn from the pages of a children’s book. The eerie…

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Semi-recluse (me) seeks dilapidated cottage on Dartmoor to rent

21 September 2019 9:00 am

So now I must find somewhere else to put my books and live sometimes. Dartmoor, I thought: one of the…

The ‘soul canoe’ from New Guinea is a sculpture as powerful as any by Brancusi

Full of fabulous, but baffling, things: Oceania reviewed

13 October 2018 9:00 am

At six in the morning of 20 July 1888, Robert Louis Stevenson first set eyes on a Pacific Island. As…

John Smeaton’s Eddystone Lighthouse, Devon, 1850

Lights – stories of the sea, and those whose mission is to save us

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The story — or rather, stories — of how the British lighthouses were built has already withstood heavy and repeated…

According to legend, the cross-dressing 18th-century Irishwoman Mary Read outdid her fellow male pirates when it came to pure violence

The pirate myth

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Hear the word ‘pirate’ and what picture springs to your mind? I see a richly-bearded geezer in a tricorne hat…