Laura Freeman

Highgate Lads and Countrymen

New biographies of A.E. Housman and Evelyn Waugh expose their rural facades

The Novelist For Whom Small Was Beautiful

J.L. Carr’s masterpiece A Month in the Country only runs to 85 pages. If only more writers realised that length isn’t everything

Osbert Lancaster

Skewering social stereotypes through interior decor

But Have They Starved?

The Prose Factory is a spirited dash through British literary history — and the many ways writers have struggled to pay their bills

Nordic Violet

An exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery sheds light on the work of the Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup

When Men Were Men

"That is the lot of a girl in a Boy’s Own book: to cook the dinner and be less exciting than a tiger"

Chelsea Or Montmartre?

The artists and writers who pursued the muse in fin-de-siècle London and Paris

Escape The Heat: Head To London’s Crow’s Nests

Ignore the advice of the freesheets handed out on the Tube. Why visit the hot spots in a city full of cool panoramic sanctuaries?   

Civilising The English Yahoos

Three decades of erudite correspondence between two of the greatest art historians of the 20th century

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"