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A mourning plaque, circa 1820s The gold-bordered black enamelled plaque, with ciphers and obituary dates for George III and Queen Charlotte, two enamelled crowns and two plaited hair compartments, the reverse engraved "Lord Byron" above crossed laurel leaves, later bow brooch fitting, dimensions 5.3cm x 3.7cm


The Obituary of Charlotte Collins by Andrew Capes

Inquiring readers: Not often does news of great import come our way, such as this item unearthed from the depths of Andrew Capes’s crashed computer. His having retrieved it is nothing short o…

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

I saw this film 'A Room with a View', as part of my 14th Birthday Weekend of Celebrations. I became obsessed with the German Baedeker Travel Guides after this film. Wonderful! If you don't have a Baedeker, you're not truly travelling.


Amanda Hocking, the writer who made millions by self-publishing online

A couple of years ago, Amanda Hocking needed to raise a few hundred dollars so, in desperation, made her unpublished novel available on the Kindle. She has since sold over 1.5m books and, in the process, changed publishing forever


Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990) - American entertainer, dancer, singer, actor of stage and screen, musician, impressionist noted for his impersonations of actors, musicians and other celebrities. Photo by Clive Arrowsmith