The Land Was Theirs

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

‘Nothing can happen nowhere,’ Elizabeth Bowen once remarked, in a memorable if strikingly inelegant phrase. ‘The locale of the happening always colours the happening and often, to a degree, shapes it.’ Gillian Tindall takes this aphorism, if such it is, as the starting point for her immensely erudite exploration of the terrain that has influenced […]

Earned His Pension

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Longman, now part of the Pearson empire but a firm in direct descent from two members of the consortium of publishers who put up the money for Samuel Johnson’s celebrated Dictionary of the English Language, have commemorated their connection with it by issuing a serviceable facsimile of the first edition of 1755. It compares very […]

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