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I ink, therefore I am

On the choice and acquisition of my one and only tattoo. – For The Oldie

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 [...]

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.

15 years of laughing at ‘Art’

Critic (and diarist) ASH Smyth reflects on the pitfalls of modern art, the vagaries of friendship, and the comic role he’s always wanted.   ‘My friend Serge has bought a painting…’  1997. Ish . See ‘Art’, Yasmina Reza’s comedy of mannerism, for the first time (Wyndhams Theatre, London). Show has hit the West End running: [...]

To a girl I once dated who thought herself smarter than me (BA Oxon., BA Oxon., MA Cantab.) and who ‘put me on to’ Philip Roth

I am reading The Breast and thinking of you.

Tearing it up with Harry Sidebottom

You might recognise Harry Sidebottom from ‘Ancient Discoveries’ on The History Channel (presenter, not artefact); or perhaps you read Ancient Warfare: a very short introduction (OUP, 2004). But most likely you’ll have heard his name in conjunction with the bestselling Warrior of Rome, his trio (so far) of late-Classical adventures, set in the beleaguered Eastern [...]