Laura Freeman

The Quiet Sketcher

The long-overdue Ravilious revival

An Archival Treasure Trove—And All Online

We may be right to be wary of the internet, but research and scholarship have benefited enormously from mass digitisation

Tough Tales For Dark Times

Erich Kästner's books for children shows that that difficult ideas don't have to be kept from young readers

A Very Modern Preservationist

In the last year there has been a great Nairn revival - I would have loved to buy him a pint and hear him speak unpretentiously about his love of architecture

Leviathans that lurk in London’s labyrinths

Under the capital, huge mechanical drills are digging rail tunnels that recapture the spirit of the most ambitious Victorian engineers

Designer who taught us to keep it simple

Abram Games's eye for clean graphic images transformed the world of posters and his art lives on in the London Underground today

Allen Lane’s Pelicans Take Wing Once More

The publisher wanted to offer impecunious readers a university in their own home. With the imprint's relaunch, that ambition lives on

Shopping for Beauty

Laura Freeman enjoys the fruit of Lisa Sainsbury's passion for art

Failed Utopia of the Baby Boom Era

Ernő Goldfinger’s landmark tower didn’t give working-class families the homes they deserved. High-rise has been a disaster

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"
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