Literature

The Wild Places

20 minute blog post – day 2I’m feeling out of sorts this holiday. For the first time in five years, I have not made a summer visit to Tiree and lived the removed tranquility of a remote island: the joy of waking to – at least when the weather is favourable – views over to…

A memoir not to be forgotten

The Times proclaimed it ‘The best memoir by a politician’. It’s far more – a story that needs to be heard.Political memoirs are written and forgotten. After sensational headlines in Sunday newspapers announcing the dirt to be dished, most are consigned to the charity shop pile or to be found in branches of The Works. Not…

Theatre Review 2013

Arturo Ui

Nicholas Hytner’s ‘Othello’ and Jonathan Church’s ‘Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ prove afresh the power of live performance I seem to have been sat in the darkness of a theatre much less in 2013, but two productions stand out for being particularly powerful: Jonathan Church’s version of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Othello,…

Beyond ‘the fever and the fret’

Review of John Keats: A New Life by Nicholas RoeThe Hebrides are one of the wildest landscapes in the British Isles. Even today, reaching them from the mainland is no small endeavour. Battered by the wind and waves of the mighty Atlantic, their beauty is often in the bleak and the rugged, while their history…

A Reluctant Prophet for our Times

C.S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius and Reluctant Prophet by Alister McGrath On 22 November 1963 there was only one piece of news felt worthy of attention: the assassination of President J.F. Kennedy. Almost unnoticed, at home in Oxford, one of the most influential literary critics of his time, persuasive of Christian thinkers and beloved…