A room of one’s own: the reclusive habits of famous authors

From boathouses to writing sheds, many a great novel has been born out of locking oneself away from the world

The Art of the Garden: Pierre Bonnard’s Mimosas

Gardener Non Morris shows you how to take inspiration from Bonnard and add a splash of yellow to your outdoor space

How handwriting is back in vogue

In a digital age, handwriting is having a renaissance, both as an art form and as a way of going the extra mile

The secret to cheap theatre tickets

Going to the theatre need not cost an arm and a leg – here’s how to see the best shows in town on a shoestring

Salisbury: how the city bounced back from novichok

One year on from the novichok poisoning, Salisbury has not only recovered but transformed itself into a thriving cultural hub

10 famous insults to spice up your Brexit brawls

From Winston Churchill to Buzz Lightyear, here are ten ways to cut your opponent down to size

Five pieces of art to get you in the mood for spring

Former Christie’s Director Deborah Allan shares her top five artworks to enjoy this spring

What to watch on Netflix this month

From Amy Adams’ sci-fi film Arrival to Idris Elba’s new drama, here’s our guide on what to watch during a night in

How should the royals respond to trolling?

‘Trolling’ began as satire and rapidly morphed into an excuse for abuse. Alex Krasodomski-Jones unpicks this strange cultural phenomenon

Alison Jackson: art for the fake news era

The queen of fake photography talks to Robert Jackman about the seductive nature of the celebrity exposé

The rise of sports tourism

From Dutch fans travelling to the UK to watch premier league football to test match cricket holidays in the Caribbean

8 things Londoners love to hate about London

Obviously, London is terrible: the job opportunities, the diversity, the cultural abundance, the unexpectedly high proportion of green space. Ugh.

Firewood is more than a middle-class accessory

In the Transylvanian winter, firewood is fundamental to survival but that only adds to its joy, says Stephen McGrath

Winter notebook: sailing the English Channel

This narrow stretch of water teams with ships in winter and possesses a language and character all of its own

Alter egos: from Bowie and Beyoncé to Marcel Duchamp

Artists across the decades have used alter egos to bring their art to life from Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp to Grayson Perry’s Claire

A 21st century Grand Tour of European art

Here are a series of weekend breaks to Europe’s finest galleries to reinvent the Georgian grand tour for the modern era

Why men like me are fed up with dating apps

The dating app meat market is turning us all into merchandise

Authors’ pseudonyms: from Agatha Christie to JK Rowling

pseudonyms give authors the freedom to become as malleable as their characters

Sexless cars: why no man will ever pull in a Prius

Cars are extensions of their owners, and today’s are the automotive equivalent of abstinence

Tintin turns 90: the secret to his appeal

One-dimensional and decidedly un-PC, Hergé’s Tintin is a blank slate onto which we project our own desire for adventure

Oscars 2019: nominations and predictions

From Netflix to #metoo: the politics of the Oscars race are far from straight-forward

Britain’s little capitals of culture

Swap the city for one of the many small British towns with thriving art and food scenes – from Stroud to Berwick Upon Tweed

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and the matriarchy

Gwen Smith on why finding a mentor like Midge’s Susie could be the best thing you do all year

How to choose a piece of art for your home

From framing to feature walls, Deborah Allan shows you how to find art to suit all spaces – big and small

The Best Talks and Debates on the Internet

From Jordan Peterson to Grayson Perry, we explore the internet’s most free-thinking talks and debates