I wrote a piece on Literature and Gardens for Spectator Life Online. Click here to read it.
It’s that time of year again!
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show Press Day.
The Tate Modern opened their doors to the press this morning to introduce their new, massive extension.
‘Switch House’, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is a 10 storey 200 foot structure located at the back of the Tate Modern.
Evelyn Waugh looks, frankly, like he’s just read a line from one of his own books in the silent section of the library, and is relying on his bracing hands on his knees to give him the strength necessary to resist the inevitable eruption of giggles from within. Waugh’s gaze seems past us, slightly over our shoulders, in Irving Penn’s square photograph from 1952. His thick wool suit is more creased than his forehead, near where the top of the photograph ends.
Snowdon’s verbose (can we use that word to describe an image?) photograph of Salman Rushdie in his London home shortly after he won the Booker Prize for Midnight’s Children shows Rushdie in a Windsor chair in the corner of the room, head turned towards us, chin in his hand, bathetic.
I was pulled by a sheer magnetism of love into Fortnum & Mason.
And went for a spin around the food hall.
It felt like Monet’s water lilies took my stare and enclosed it tightly in their gentle, pink, waxy clutches.
There was an excitable buzz last night at the launch of Daisy Dunn’s debut books: Catullus’ Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet and The Poems of Catullus, at Peter Harrington Rare Books in Dover Street, Mayfair.
Among the 200+ guests pounding the shop’s floor were Ian and Victoria Hislop, Sir Simon Jenkins, Hannah Kaye, Mike Grady, Hugo Williams, Giles Milton, Suzannah Lipscomb, Michael Cockerell, Gordon Corera, Thane Prince…