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Remembering Richard Cosway, a fine if somewhat foppish artist…

5 June 2019

The Macaroni Painter at work – a dig at Cosway by the artist Robert Dighton. A visit yesterday to Powderham Castle, near Exeter, reminded me of a post I had previously done on...

In memory of Mary Anning, fossil hunter extraordinaire.

2 June 2019

Today I visited Lyme Regis and Charmouth to do a spot of fossil-hunting on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. It reminded me of the post I did a few years back on the remarkable Mary Anning,...

Happy Birthday ‘Robinson Crusoe’ – 300 years old, and still going strong!

25 April 2019

There are not many books which celebrate a tercentenary – and are still in print. Even fewer can claim to have been translated into every single major world language – and...

A blog in advance of 24 April – marking the death of Daniel Defoe

19 April 2019

Next week  we will be celebrating the 300th anniversary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe’s masterpiece. To mark the occasion I have a new book coming out...