By Aleksandra Crapanzano 4 min read
Aleksandra Crapanzano, author of The London Cookbook, ran into some troubles in terms of her tolerance for liquor while researching cocktails for her book.
By Aaron Skirboll 4 min read
Aaron Skirboll, author of The Thief-Taker Hangings, discusses the origins of the celebrity criminal, rooted in the unlikely popularity of Jack Sheppard, a London thief and brazen escape artist.
By Nathan Gelgud 3 min read
Against a contemporary cinematic landscape where major productions masquerade as humble indies, there’s something refreshing and almost quaint about Walter Wanger’s My Life with Cleopatra. His production diary of the 1963 hit film Cleopatra, it’s a witty and no-nonsense look at big-time moviemaking at the end of the studio era.
By Cara Cannella 5 min read
Steffan Meyric Hughes has a thing for Google Earth. In his quirky and charming book Circle Line: Around London in a Small Boat, issued in the U.S. in paperback last week, he is casual but clear in revealing the profound impact of the satellite image mapping technology on his actions and words.
By Cara Cannella 4 min read
Sonali Deraniyagala has survived the unthinkable. In her memoir "Wave," published last week, she describes the experience and wrenching aftermath of losing her parents, her husband, and her two young sons in the 2004 tsunami triggered by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean. Of the roughly 275,000 people killed by the impact of waves that reached up to a hundred feet high, five of them made up her entire world.