Pop Fiction

To the West, Chinese literature is a takeaway that comes in two flavours — the ancient classic that offers sage…

A career in sex

Awards ceremonies are big. People love cheering the walk to the podium, love it even more when they’re the ones…

Primogeniture Chic

If David Cameron seems at his most impassioned when praisingBritish entrepreneurs, it’s because he has two women very clearly in…

Portrait Polly Borland

Leanne Benjamin

Watch Leanne Benjamin slot her tiny frame into the corner of a sofa and you can easily believe she could…

World View

Bathers Albania, 2006 What I like about Tom’s pictures is that they don’t state the obvious. He has a singular…

A Vote (and a Prayer) for Beautiful Architecture

If you magically brought back to life an ancestor from 200 years ago and gave them a quick tour around…

Joining the Big League

In 1996, a star baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves named Mark Wohlers gave up a crucial home run in…

Sean Connery shopping for clothes in 1967. These days James Bond would buy his knitted silk ties online

Of Mice and Menswear

Of the many sorrows bestowed upon man at the Fall, the most tiresome was his sudden compulsion to wear clothes.…

Timeless: Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques Ultra-fine 1968

Heart on Sleeve

My father recently gave me one of his dress watches, one I’d never seen him wear other than in photographs…

The Wish List

BRAND NEW HEIRLOOMS Clockwise from bottom left: late Victorian silver candlesticks, £520;  engraved Victorian celery vase, £90; engraved Victorian decanter,…

Sacred Cow

In April, Tate Modern opens a Damien Hirst show that will be on display all the way through theOlympics, as…