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Brief lives: Samuel Derrick

Samuel Derrick (1724-69), was an Irish writer, friend of Dr Johnson, Boswell, and Tobias Smollett, and master of the ceremonies at both Bath and Tunbridge Wells. He published, among other works: The Dramatic Censor, No. 1; Sylla, a dramatic entertainment, from the French of Frederick II of Prussia; A Voyage from the Moon, from the [...]

The Pikey Laureate introduces Whitman to the high street

O ye women who go down unto the Co-Op in your onesies: What do you think you look like!?

St Paul’s (Knightsbridge) and the Great War

A blog piece for Culture House on the Royal Naval mobilisation of the Rev Wilfrid Hannay Gibbins, and the parish mags of a church in West London over the course of the First World War. – For The Spectator

Eight debut novels

Currently sitting at 12 to 1 for this year’s Booker Prize, first-time novelist Paul Kingsnorth has set the cat among the pigeons through the disarmingly original expedient of submitting his offering in a fictional language. Composed in what Kingsnorth calls the ‘shadow tongue’ of ‘eald anglisc’, The Wake (Unbound 365pp £16.99) explores one angle of [...]

Paul, mate, you’ve got red on yer.

Interview with Paul Bettany, vis-a-vis his tricky and unglamorous role in Broken Lines. – For theartsdesk

Our little secret – 2

When you explain to your girlfriend that your London degree is as good as mine from Oxford, I say nothing, and hope you both think I’m on your side.

A little night reading

Nocturnes Five Stories of Music and Nightfall Kazuo Ishiguro faber and faber £14.99, 221p ISBN 978-0-571-24498-0 ‘Their talk was no longer just about music – though everything always seemed to come back to it.’ Whether as opening subject or illustrative decoration, music seems to be a recurring theme for Kazuo Ishiguro. The Unconsoled told of [...]