Darkness is the time to think, to dream, to love …

October 31st, 2016

It’s human to want light and warmth. Our pagan ancestors had a calendar of fire festivals, and God’s first recorded words, according to the Hebrew Bible, were: “Let there be light.” Night belongs to the dark side, literally and metaphorically: […]

On writing a cover version of Shakespeare

September 26th, 2015

On the day of the first new moon of June 1599, at 3 o’clock, the new Globe theatre opened its doors with a new show – Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Everything was new – it was the spirit of […]

The Henry Miller review

February 21st, 2012

FREDERICK TURNER: RENEGADE. HENRY MILLER AND THE MAKING OF TROPIC OF CANCER. Yale Icons of America Series. What happens when the unreliable narrator turns out to be the cultural critic? What we write about fiction is never an objective response […]

Alain de Botton Religion for Atheists

February 21st, 2012

Alain de Botton is a believer – but not in God. Religion for Atheists begins and ends with the idea that secular society needs its own institutions that give space and support to our inner life. We need systems, structures, […]

Careers Advice for Ambitious Women

February 21st, 2012

‘Guilt, like regret, is a waste of emotional energy’ Mrs Moneypenny likes a one-liner. Her high-energy highly enjoyable new book about success and getting it, is part stand-up comedy, part sweat and swot. This is the natural balance for a […]

The Memories & Poems of Ted Hughes

December 5th, 2011

A poem is a practical act of memory. When most memory is out-sourced to hard drive and smartphone, the poem releases in the reader a private memory-store, prompted but not prescribed by the poem. This is a relief. It is […]