Kevin Jackson

Shades of Sin

Red: The History of a Color

By

Princeton University Press 216pp £32.95 order from our bookshop

In the days when Britain was the world’s most far-flung superpower, maps and globes showed all its subject territories in shades of red. For those of us long enough in the tooth to recall the time when those old maps were displayed in classrooms, there will always be a deep, if seldom articulated, link between Britishness and redness. Blake called ours a ‘green and pleasant land’, but, as the art critic Adrian Stokes once pointed out, it is also a land liberally spattered with dots of red. 

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • The 25th Bad Sex in Fiction is happening in a week. There’s a press release if you’re the sort of person who wants a press release ,
    • sorry I can’t spell fluttering. I was agitated.,
    • Probably try and get an announcement out later, for all these male writers who think of fluttering inner muscle sheaths...,
    • He felt the muscles far inside her flutteriung around him,
    • Next week sees return, and we've got discounted tickets on offer, right here: ,
    • We're rarely topical - tricky as a monthly magazine - but we've an article this month all about Laurence Binyon, po… ,
    • "We will remember them" - who wrote those words, and why have them become our terms of memorial? ,