The careers of our most famous authors are often surprising. Stephen King was a school janitor before becoming a bestselling novelist and Hillary Mantel was a social worker.
During the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War, artists slowly made their way back to Paris to begin painting again. In…
Canaletto altered Venice’s scenery to pander to the tastes of travellers and JMW Turner and Monet followed suit
From boathouses to writing sheds, many a great novel has been born out of locking oneself away from the world
Artists across the decades have used alter egos to bring their art to life from Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp to Grayson Perry’s Claire
pseudonyms give authors the freedom to become as malleable as their characters
Street music is a common part of London life, but in the 19th century it survived high-profile attempts to ban it
Alice Dunn sniffs out the perfumes inspired by great literature