John Walsh

Prolific writer and commentator John Walsh contributes columns to the paper as well as writing features, interviews and restaurant reviews. He has been editor of The Independent Magazine, literary editor of the Sunday Times and features editor of the London Evening Standard.

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The Richmond Arms, restaurant review: Search for great country-pub food ends in West Sussex

Mill Road, West Ashling, Chichester PO18 (01243 572046)
Off the shelf: John Walsh in the 1970s, when he discovered his particular talents did not lie in the world of librarianship

Life as a librarian: How a young man's attempt to follow in the footsteps of Philip Larkin and Casanova ended in ignominy

I came across as an annoying, pedantic little busybody - that’s why I was fired

Ajmeri gate, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Road Raj: New Indian e-visa makes a Rajasthan adventure easier

Exploring a national obsession with cars

Casa Cruz, restaurant review: 'You'll wonder if you've come to Spearmint Rhino's W11 branch'

123 Clarendon Road, London W11 (0203 321 5400)
Teen fiction: Jane Austen's Emma

Classic novels pitched in 140 characters: Welcome to Quick Lit

Aspiring writer? Why slog your way through sample chapters when some literary agents are inviting social-media pitches in only 140 characters? John Walsh starts practising

Silo, restaurant review: 'Imagination, ambition, and purest-of-pure ingredients'

39 Upper Gardner Street, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4AN

Hutong, restaurant review: Stunning sky high setting and intense, dramatic dishes

Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY (020 3011 1257)

Taberna do Mercado, restaurant review: 'Nuno Mendes' new place is quite unlike the Firehouse'

Old Spitalfields Market, 107b Commercial Street, London E1

Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year shortlist: Writing to inspire the wandering soul

Authors' Club president John Walsh surveys the contenders

Good call: Joe Biden watches as Barack Obama coolly responds to a heckler at the White House

President Obama has joined the sainted fraternity of heckler-squashers

After Barack Obama coolly rebuffed a heckler in the White House this week, John Walsh examines the admirable art of dealing with unwanted interruptions
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