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The London Magazine - April / May 2010

The London Magazine - April / May 2010

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Poems by Gary Allen, Conor Carville, Lisa Dart, PN Furbank, Sophie Mayer, Patricia McCarthy, Steven O’Brien, Christopher Reid, Peter Robinson and Patricia Wooldridge. Plus a short story by David Rose, Flora.


‘Faith in Art?’: Bruce Anderson reflects on Donatello’s sources of inspiration.

‘Elizabeth David and the British Gastronomic Enlightenment’: on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of her classic French Provincial Cooking, Frank Armstrong considers Elizabeth David’s influence to Britons’ attitudes to food.

‘A Theatre Reviewer’s Life’: Beryl Bainbridge gives an amusing and illuminating insight into her role at the Oldie.

‘Bingo! – The Game’s Up?’: Peter Billingham celebrates the contribution of playwright Edward Bond.

‘The Rise and Rise of the Newspaper Obituary’: Peter Davies investigates the ins and outs of reporting lives.

‘On Drawing’: Mel Gooding argues for the centrality of drawing to human existence.

‘The Rhythm of Memory’: Derwent May provides a technical analysis of W. B. Yeats.

‘Serious Anthony Powell’: Matthew Scott continues his appreciation of the novelist, begun in the last issue.

‘Fleeting’: Adam Smyth uncovers the historical waters that flow beneath central London.

‘The Savaging of Stefan Zweig’: Peregrine Worsthorne responds angrily to a book review that appeared in the London Review.


Gary Allen, Hunger
Conor Carville, Two Poems
Lisa Dart, Naxos Harbour
P. N. Furbank, Two Poems by Jules Laforgue in Translation
Sophie Mayer, Kicking Against the Navicular
Patricia McCarthy, Two Poems
Steven O’Brien, Too Much Vettriano
Christopher Reid, Two Poems
Peter Robinson, Two Poems
Patricia Wooldridge, Two Poems


Conor Carville, Wedged in a Dream
Leah Fritz, New Collections by Todd Swift & Mary Oliver
Patricia McCarthy, Musicwords
William Shutes, Sinister Refinement
Loree Westron, Human Rights and Human Wrongs in a World Gone Mad
George Williamson, The Museum of Innocence