Malcolm Forbes

The Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal

Bohumil Hrabal — king of palaverers

The Czech writer, whose lively and rambunctious fiction sees his characters veer between lunacy and frivolity; pleasure and pain, lived a complex life, laying bare his own suffering in his prose.

george orwell

Orwell in all weathers

The weather was more than just a backdrop to Orwell’s narratives – it shaped his life and art in profound and unexpected ways.

'Melancholy', 1894-1895 by Edvard Munch. He played a leading role in German expressionism.

Great Books: Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy

First published in 1621, Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy is a treatise, an encyclopedia, a self-help manual and more besides. Remarkably ahead of its time, this treasure trove contains unbounded riches for new readers.

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