Some authors vanish in plain sight, recalled by their most successful work, which comes to define an entire career. A friend of mine has written mytho-logies, Victoriana, crime and magical realism, but publishers are unable to mention her without inserting the title of her greatest success into her name, in the way that pantomime stars are bracketed by their TV shows. Typecasting is a problem that afflicts most successful writers.
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Monday 23 April 2012
The swimmer who brought the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to a dramatic halt was today banned from the Olympic torch route and from visits to Windsor before the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Friday 20 April 2012
Once a working-class staple, eels are now considered an endangered species. But efforts to boost their stocks could change all of that.
Monday 09 April 2012
Monday 02 April 2012
Former minister Margaret Hodge has finally found her vocation: making life a misery for civil servants who don't pull their weight. Oliver Wright meets Whitehall's nemesis
Wednesday 28 March 2012
The three bidders competing to build the first neighbourhood at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the site of the London 2012 Games, were named today.
Friday 23 March 2012
The best books are written with an ear to somebody. Treasure Island was written in 1883 for Robert Louis Stevenson's 15-year-old stepson, Lloyd Osbourne. It was intended to be a boy's book in the mould of RM Ballantyne's Coral Island, Captain Marryat's Masterman Ready, and Fennimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans, ripping yarns all. It succeeded beyond Stevenson's wildest dreams, becoming a cornerstone of childhood literary memory, indirectly inspiring masterpieces as different as Peter Pan, Swallows and Amazons and High Wind in Jamaica, and directly spawning a dozen forgotten prequels and sequels.
Sunday 18 March 2012
Treasure Island: The Next Generation
Friday 16 March 2012
I'm in London, I've left my job with the Discovery Channel in the US, and the houseboat fridge is dangerously low on supplies.
Sunday 11 March 2012
The brother of a former EastEnders actress whose headless body was found dumped in a canal has been charged with her murder.
Sunday 04 March 2012
Officials review licensing system that allows farmers and businesses to abstract supplies
Saturday 03 March 2012
The Candy brothers, the developers behind London's One Hyde Park flats for the super-rich, have turned their attentions to the City after swooping to buy the Sugar Quay site from administrators.
Tuesday 28 February 2012
Money to create 'wildlife corridors' ushers in new era for wildlife preservation
Monday 20 February 2012
A busy Tube station, shut for nearly three years, finally reopened today after a spectacular rebuilding job.
Tuesday 14 February 2012
The plans for this Thames river pageant in July are old-fashioned and an embarrassment, says Jessica Duchen
Tuesday 14 February 2012
The plans for the river pageant are an embarrassment
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more