We’ve run competitions on our last couple of weekly newsletters and here are the results: First up, the prize is a copy of Michael Smith’s excellent Unreal City, just out in paperback. We asked: Michael contributed to our book On Nature. Can you name the title of his chapter? The answer is Oysteropolis and the […]
The New Sylva was created by Dr. Gabriel Hemery – a forest scientist and author – and Sarah Simblet – a tutor at the Ruskin School of Art and a lecturer at the National Gallery. It coincides with the 350th anniversary of horticulturalist and diarist John Evelyn’s landmark work, Sylva which, in 1664, was the […]
Simon Goddard (Ebury, £16.99) Reviewed by Pete Paphides Thirty-three years have elapsed since the wildly prodigious Roddy Frame volunteered Aztec Camera’s most impressive song to date for release on Alan Horne’s Postcard label. And, before you even factored into the equation that this was the work of a 16 year-old, Just Like Gold was impressive. […]
A night out Words and pictures by Georgina Cook There’s something about post sunset that brings the scent of the blossoms out of their shells. It’s like they’ve spritzed themselves in their own personalised eau du parfum for a night out with the nocturnal insects.
The Valley: A Hundred Years in the Life of a Family by Richard Benson Bloomsbury, 544 pages. Reviewed by Melissa Harrison One of the most important things life can teach us is that there’s no such thing as ‘normal’: that the world we inherit is not immutable, but contingent; changeable, not eternal. We grow up […]