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Peacocks and Vine by AS Byatt (Chatto & Windus, £14.99)

peacockReading writers’ estimations of other artists sometimes feels decadent, like eating a whole box of chocolates in one sitting. Such is the sensation of reading AS Byatt’s latest volume, Peacock and Vine: On William Morris and Mariano Fortuny, in which the novelist takes readers into the lives of an English designer and a Spanish couturier from the 19th century, both of whom have intrigued and inspired her. Via this resplendent volume, thick with…

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