Tour of the Turf

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Within two pages of starting Nicholas Clee’s racecourse odyssey you know him to be a true member of the racing tribe, a man who, with a betting ticket on the favourite in his pocket, will still cheer home a winning outsider because it is a once-famous horse recovered from injury or is ridden by a […]

Sun Kings & Shady Characters

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

In the years before the pandemic, Nice airport, which once boasted a single runway with a converted villa as its terminal, was welcoming around thirteen million sun-seeking visitors a year. Jet fumes spewed grime into the Riviera’s azure skies as engines roared above the Baie des Anges – named, as Jonathan Miles tells readers in […]

Coastal Shelf

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

The seaside is close to the heart of what it is to be English and everything in this beautifully written book stems from that. Some intellectuals say that in the context of the United Kingdom as a whole, England barely exists, but what they really mean is that they can’t find a single representative idea, […]

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