Articles by Ian Irvine
Ian Irvine / October 13, 2016
Extracts from memoirs and diaries
Housman Country: Into the Heart of England by Peter Parker (Little, Brown, £25) No publisher cared to take on AE Housman’s slim book of poetry, so in 1896 the author himself paid for the...
Extracts from memoirs and diaries, chosen by Ian Irvine
Ian Irvine / July 14, 2016
"Pre-Reform Act elections were week-long boozy carnivals where candidates poured beer down voters’ throats."
On "Game of Thrones" and "the final rehabilitation of fantasy"
Yale, £16.99 The term “culture” has had a lot of heavy lifting to do over the last couple of centuries. Its definition is now so capacious that it can cover almost anything that humans beings...
Ian Irvine / May 19, 2016
Allen Lane, £20 “They talk as if England were not in Europe,” was Edmund Burke’s retort to his critics, who believed that simply being an island was sufficient security against the threat...