Travel Water feature: a canal view

A hotel to inspire Wanders lust

Great works: Gassed (1919) by John Singer Sargent

Imperial War Museum, London

Book of a lifetime: An Artist of the Floating World, By Kazuo Ishiguro

The Booker Prize-winner The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's most famous novel, but An Artist of the Floating World is his one book that I re-read at least once a year.

Natalie Holland, Just Oscar

Art review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London

There is something curiously lacklustre about much of this show. Why? It is not that the majority of these representational portraits – there are more than 200 of them in all - are not good examples of their kind.

Mary Beale (1633-1699) Sketch of the Artist's Son, Bartholomew Beale, Facing

Britain's first female professional painter Mary Beale celebrated in radical Tate Britain rehang

Tate Britain has put on show two newly discovered works by Britain’s earliest professional female painter for the first time, as part of a radical rehang of its collection.

Up in the air: Marc Chagall’s Paris Through the Window (1913) will be at Tate Liverpool for four months

Heads Up: Chagall, Modern Master

Things are looking up – the first Chagall UK show in 15 years

Stephen Dodgson was a familiar voice on the Third Programme and Radio 3

Stephen Dodgson: Composer hailed for his guitar works

Stephen Dodgson composed music in most forms, though his more than 40 scores including guitar ensured him a specialist following among guitarists. His First Guitar Concerto, written in 1956 for Julian Bream and played by a teenage John Williams, was set for popularity, but tended to be eclipsed by Malcolm Arnold's Concerto, which Bream introduced soon afterwards.

The Wall, By William Sutcliffe

A suspenseful coming-of-age novel about 'other' realms buried in the known world

Charles Darwent on art: Saloua Raouda Choucair - An eye on the future, a feeling for the past

Influenced by Matisse and Léger, inspired by science, maths and architecture, an enduring Lebanese artist gets her deserved retrospective

Peter O'Toole tending the bar

Soho's bohemian past remembered

The Colony Room Club in Dean Street closed its doors in 2008, but Sophie Parkin's engrossing, 300-page portrait of it brings that small, smelly, green upstairs bar-room into vivid life again. Opened in 1948, and presided over by Muriel Belcher, a bisexual Brummie, it was “far away from the maddeningly normal crowds outside.”

Great Works: Nude Girl (1909-10) by Gwen John

Tate, London

In The Studio: Gerard Hemsworth, artist

'When I put Mark Wallinger and Bob & Roberta Smith on a pair of elephants'

Pears poster-boy to D-Day hero: Johnny Hill dies aged 91

With his shock of curly blonde hair and cherubic smile little Johnny Hill stood out from the crowds of holidaymakers on Blackpool's promenade in the summer of 1924.

One Minute With: Deborah Moggach, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

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