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From Battersea Reach to Chelsea buns: the London Society book group

The cast of characters in Penelope Fitzgerald’s Offshore is not a large one. Published in 1979, this short novel charts the fluctuating fortunes of five houseboat owners on the Battersea Reach stretch of the Thames during the early 1960s. We… Continue Reading →

The Killing of Butterfly Joe

You shouldn’t read too much into a dustjacket, but Rhidian Brook’s novel The Killing of Butterfly Joe comes wrapped in something beautiful, ingenious and rather sinister. Inside you will discover a skilfully plotted tale about butterflies, a deeply dysfunctional family,… Continue Reading →

Neo-Romantic Book Illustration in Britain 1943–1955

A new exhibition at the Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner evokes a golden age of book illustration. Neo-Romantic Book Illustration in Britain 1943-1955 features work by John Minton, Keith Vaughan, Edward Bawden, Eric Fraser and Barnett Freedman. Afterwards, you’ll find… Continue Reading →

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