A Lot of Sky

Posted on by David Gelber

I thought Max Beerbohm’s dictum that premature greyness is the sign of a charlatan was a generalisation born of a particular dislike till I flew by Royal Air Maroc. Now I see that he must have suffered some experience peculiarly precursive of mine on flight 914 B, Tangiers to London. Two dozen or so of […]

Deconstructing Harry

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

There’s a great Tumblr blog currently doing the rounds called Composers Doing Normal Shit. We see photographs of Dmitri Shostakovich playing snooker; Aaron Copland eating an ice cream; Johannes Brahms having a sad picnic. Fans of the site will love Fiona Maddocks’s new book about birthday boy Harrison Birtwistle (he’s eighty in July). Conducted at […]

Our Woman in Number 10

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

This book has been over thirty years in the making. Back in 1982 Michael Brock and his wife Eleanor published an important edition of the letters Herbert Asquith wrote to Venetia Stanley while prime minister. Mark Bonham Carter, who owned Margot Asquith’s papers, then asked the Brocks to prepare an edition of Margot’s diaries. They […]

Last of the Idealists

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Michael Oakeshott was what in his youth would have been called a card. He was also one of the most original philosophers of his time. Throughout his long life – he died in 1990 in his ninetieth year – his tastes veered in directions not nowadays commonly associated with philosophy: he had an enduring preoccupation […]

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