Nick Rennison writes for the Sunday Times and is the editor of The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide
At a time when books often seem under attack, threatened with redundancy by the more aggressive advocates of new media, it is good to read so spirited and charming a paean in praise of the pleasure
We are all familiar with stories of two of the Tudors.
Allegedly, this is the work of a gentleman named James Willoughby Carnac, otherwise unknown to history, who confesses to being the infamous murderer known as Jack the Ripper.
In 1869, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, staying with friends near Carlisle, reported in a letter to his mother that he had come across ‘some most remarkable architectural works by a former Miss Losh’.
Spanish archaeologists recently identified a map of sorts which had been scratched on to a stone by cave dwellers some 14,000 years ago.
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