Taking the Temperature

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Alexandra Harris’s new book, Weatherland, does two things at once. It follows on from her highly successful inaugural study of British writers and painters, Romantic Moderns, and it similarly interweaves evocations of both literature and the visual arts, though now she ranges all the way back to the Anglo-Saxons and forward to Ian McEwan and […]

Crying Shame

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

The last time I cried was when my mother died earlier this year. It was short and hard and for both of us. The last time I cried before that was when my father died in 2003. I remember the letting go, but never managed to find the words. I say ‘last time I cried’, […]

Under Wychwood

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Henrietta Leyser’s book is a travelogue rather than a narrative. It was born from two moments of well-justified indignation. In 2007 the author took an American friend to Bede’s World at Jarrow, the museum and mock Anglo-Saxon farm built in honour of the Venerable Bede, author of The Ecclesiastical History of the English People and […]

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