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Bookshop Guide: Waterstones, Oban

First in a new mini seriesOban is a quite remarkable little town. Nestling beneath the strange folly of McCaig’s Tower, (picture a Roman arena or a mini Colosseum plonked on top of a small hill and you’ll get the idea), the town’s setting is picture-perfect, occupying a wonderful, sheltered bay.  In winter, the town’s population shrinks to a mere 8,500; in summer,…

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…

Bookshop Guide: Waterstones, Oxford

Final part of mini series reviewing local bookshopsWhere Blackwell’s inspires, Waterstones in Oxford frustrates. Occupying a prime corner position between the Cornmarket and Broad Street, this slightly down at heels outlet – urgently in need of a refit –  is often crowded, shabby and dispiriting. The visitor is surprised that in such a temple of…