70s Dinner Party
A Book This Bedtime
A Country Road
A Country Road A Tree
A Death At Fountains Abbey
Boney and Clyde
Book this bedtime
Elogio de la Pintura
Fishfingers à la King
Girl About Town
One With You
Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award
Ten War Poems
Tenerife Espacio de las Artes
The Book This Bedtime
The Human Phonograph
The Naked Muse
The News Of Her Death
The Shogun's Queen
a book this bedtime
book this bedtime
for the most beautiful
girl about town
how chard can it be?
September 16, 2016
September 7, 2016
Prawn vol-au-vent, anyone?
November 4, 2016
70s Dinner Party by Anna Pallai (Square Peg, £9.99)
If you remember the Smash aliens or the Ready Brek glow then, like me, you'll almost certainly remember coming downstairs on a 1970s Sunday morning to the smell of stale cigarette smoke in...
October 28, 2016
The Shogun's Queen by Lesley Downer (Bantam Press, £16.99)
Imagine a country isolated from the rest of the world, threatened by invasion and ruled by an emperor so secret his name cannot even be spoken but whose decisions are all that stand...
October 17, 2016
Snow by Marcus Sedgwick (Little Toller Books, £12)
In the beginning, when the world began, I like to think it was covered in a thick blanket of fresh snow, and as it melted the new world stretched and eased and was born.
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, £14.99)
Today is the being of the rest of Eleanor's life. From now on she'll be the best person she is capable of being: the best mother, wife and friends. She will dress neatl...
Mount! by Jilly Cooper (Transworld, £20)
It can't have escaped the notice of Jilly Cooper fans that Rupert Campbell-Black is back! And they won't be disappointed. How could anyone not love a book where the animal characters get equal billing...
Bedlam: The Asylum And Beyond, The Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Mr X makes cars. Not out of metal, plastic and rubber as you might expect, but cardboard, tin foil and tape. Nevertheless they are fully-functioning and he d...
The Naked Muse by Kelley Swain (Valley Press, £8.99)
In all the years, I've been life drawing, I'm ashamed to say I have never made friends with the model. We've chatted of course, when they've come round in the breaks to see what I've done,...
September 15, 2016
I was delighted and honoured when my friend Pedro Paricio invited me to write the catalogue essay for Dreams, his fourth exhibition with Bond Street's Halcyon Gallery. The essay is reproduced here along with some of his stunning,...
Ten War Poems, selected and introduced by Andrew Motion (Candlestick Press, £4.95)
I love this idea, in fact long before this little collection landed on my desk, I'd already brought the London poetry pamphlet
for my mother as a birthday card...