Friday, 17 May 2019

Lost Classic: The Light of Day, by Eric Ambler

Thriller writers are a competitive breed. Their task is too difficult willingly to acknowledge a debt to another – except..

By Toby Guise


Friday, 3 May 2019

Lost Classic - Simon Raven

Simon Raven was a novelist to whom memorable quotes stuck more readily than riches or renown. He famously had “the..

By Toby Guise


Friday, 19 April 2019

A meditation on Mayfair

The inscrutable facade of the old American Embassy on Grosvenor Square is finally crumbling. For 70 years its aquiline presence..

By Toby Guise


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Notre Dame fire could inspire a moment of French national rebirth

The burning of Notre Dame felt like a world-historical moment. It was the scene that fiction could not invent. A..

By Toby Guise


Friday, 22 March 2019

A hymn to Bayswater

In Graham Greene’s 1935 short story, A Little Place Off The Edgware Road, a man – Craven – stalks the..

By Toby Guise


Friday, 20 July 2018

The ancient discipline of pilgrimage reimagined in the modern day

Contemplative travel may not be an obvious component of the modern world. Yet from Santiago de Compostella to the byways..

By Toby Guise


Friday, 15 June 2018

How Eton ruined The Fourth of June

In a country as famed for its idiosyncrasy as England, the Fourth of June still stands out. Eton College’s open..

By Toby Guise


Friday, 22 September 2017

Music on the Gulf of Poets: Suoni dal Golfo

The village of Lerici on Italy’s Ligurian coast has left an indelible mark on the Romantic imagination. Wagner came here...

By Toby Guise


Thursday, 14 September 2017

To understand the CST's anti-Semitism report, watch 'Meet the Parents'

This week has seen publication of the most detailed survey yet of contemporary attitudes towards the Jewish community in the..

By Toby Guise