Articles by Ian Irvine
Odes to cakes and sweets throughout history
Ian Irvine / October 7, 2020
Letters and extracts both new and old
Ian Irvine / August 31, 2020
"My mother, as we drove along in the coach, admonished me that I was now going into the world and must learn to think and act for myself"
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