British Library secures loan of giant Codex Amiatinus Bible from Laurentian library in Florence for exhibition on Anglo-Saxon England
One of the greatest of all Anglo-Saxon treasures, the oldest complete Latin Bible in existence, is returning to the UK for the first time in 1,302 years.
The Codex Amiatinus is a beautiful and giant Bible produced in Northumbria by pioneering monks in 716 which, on its completion, was taken to Italy as a gift for Pope Gregory II. Continue reading...
Clip joints and phone thefts are still common in the capital, says author of a book on city crime around the world
Soho was once known for being the underbelly of London’s gangland, but criminals – much like the wave of gentrification – have moved east to trendier spots like Dalston and Shoreditch, according to the author of a book on global criminality.
Conor Woodman spent four years exploring the criminal underbellies of cities around the world, from the pickpocketing gangs of Barcelona to elaborate scammers in Mumbai who con tourists at the airport.
John Guy tells Hay festival that applicants cite author in interviews and says blur between fact and fiction is troubling
One of Britain’s most respected Tudor historians
has expressed concern that prospective students imagine Hilary Mantel’s novels are fact.
John Guy told the Hay literary festival in Wales
that Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell novels needed to be enjoyed for what they were: fiction.
Peter Wohlleben’s book has become bestseller in Germany but he tells Hay festival audience it has annoyed scientists
Trees are social creatures that mother their young, talk to each other, experience pain, remember things and have sex with each other, a bestselling author has said.
If that persuades you to go and hug the nearest tree, then great, said Peter Wohlleben. Just avoid a birch: “It is not very sociable. Try a beech.”
Former Lib Dem leader tells Hay festival he fears for his country and criticises Theresa May for refusing to take part in live debate
Paddy Ashdown has said he sees horrifying parallels between 1930s Germany and what is happening in the post-referendum UK.
The former Liberal Democrats leader told the Hay festival in Wales on Tuesday that he feared for his country, with a huge number of people left “voiceless” as Labour moved further left and the Conservatives further right.
Politician tells Hay festival it is not enough for Labour leader to say he does not condone abuse of female MPs by members
has called on Jeremy Corbyn to take a tougher stance on Labour members who abuse and troll the party’s MPs.
The Labour candidate was speaking at the Hay festival about her political career and the many battles against sexism she has had to fight.
Author will take part in An Evening with George Smiley at Royal Festival Hall to mark return of his most famous character
He first appeared in 1961 as a short, fat, quiet man whose bad clothes “hung about his squat frame like skin on a shrunken toad”.
But that unassuming bespectacled man, with his deep love of the lesser German poets, was far from ordinary; he was George Smiley, one of the greatest, cleverest spies in fiction.