Articles by Ian Irvine
Extracts from memoirs and diaries
"I was amazed at how ignorant and sometimes plain stupid were the people who claimed to run the country"—Christopher Hitchens on meeting politicians when he was a student
Ian Irvine / May 7, 2020
The way we were: meetings with the great and good
Extracts from Lesley Blanch, Geoff Dyer and Jonathan Meades
Johnson was far from the first to promise them
As Jane Austen put it, the season is one of "peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness"
Ian Irvine / July 19, 2019
How previous PMs were welcomed into Number 10
Extracts from memoirs and diaries compiled by Ian Irvine
Extracts from memoirs and diaries selected by Ian Irvine
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton together during the filming of 'The VIPs' at Borehamwood in London. Image: PA 121AD Suetonius, the Emperor Hadrian’s secretary, describes the extravagance...