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Late Turner: Paintings Set Free

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At risk of pointing out the obvious, it should be said before anything else, that J. M. W. Turner was always popular. Turner had many commissions and was championed by John Ruskin who damned half of The Royal Academy’s output as ‘ordinary tinsel and trash’ next to his work. Turner’s distinctive colours baffled many viewers, but Ruskin described these...

J by Howard Jacobson

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Howard Jacobson once joked that one day he might attempt to write a book without the letter J, and his thirteenth novel J finally makes a wry nod to this past comment. A densely written and irrevocably complicated book, J—despite using the letter freely throughout—envisions a world in which it is all but eradicated, replaced instead with a strange...

The Cult of Isaac by M. G. Stephens

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THE CULT OF ISAAC We all know about Abraham, the great religions emanating from his skull, but what about Isaac, where is his world taken into theological thought, mulled over by the great philosophers of the world, dissected and long discussed? Isaac endured his god-thirsty father’s knife and blood-fanatical intentions. He was to be his father’s sacrifice. What I propose is Isaac, his worship and adoration, a cult of the...

Miss Saigon by Heather Wells

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Miss Saigon, Prince Edward Theatre, January 2015 Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Miss Saigon, currently on at the Prince Edward theatre, answers the public plea to bring back this tragic romance musical once again to the West End since its success in the eighties at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Miss Saigon is set during the Vietnam War and is a love...

Michael Morpurgo – The Poetry and The Pity

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Elit. Adipiscing lacinia fames mi natoque eu, justo bibendum molestie, ullamcorper convallis facilisis purus iaculis posuere euismod curabitur nascetur vitae sagittis. Ornare, aenean sit ornare, ridiculus sagittis quisque ullamcorper, mauris eleifend lacinia. Auctor. Scelerisque eleifend accumsan senectus imperdiet risus. Aliquet lacinia. Nisl id sociis id venenatis proin volutpat, magna. Non semper blandit mollis porttitor magna scelerisque pulvinar elit risus dictum...

Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut

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Damon Galgut, the South African writer has proven he is a writer of quality with books such as The Good Doctor and In a Strange Room. But reading Damon Galgut’s Arctic Summer is not like reading another brilliant piece of fiction; instead we are presented with a much more specific, fictional biography of E. M. Forster. The narration is...

TLM Contributor Tim Keane meets Robert De Niro Sr

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TLM contributor Tim Keane who wrote a review in the October/November 2014 issue of The London Magazine on the paintings of Robert De Niro Sr was lucky enough to meet him in person! The De Niro Sr estate invited Tim to the annual award reception in New York in which Jr gives a painter an award in his father's name. In the...

What the Hell is Classical Music? By Alan Blackwood

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If it means anything, Classical Music refers to the period between about 1750 and 1800, when music was part of a wider world inspired by the art and architecture of Classical Greece and Rome. With their carefully proportioned symphonies, concertos and sonatas, Haydn and Mozart were the two greatest composers of this time. Their immediate successor, Beethoven, had already moved...

‘Tales of Survival’ by Davis Deen Launch!

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The London Magazine is excited to announce the launch of Davis Deen’s story and poetry eBook collection, Tales of Survival – Caribbean stories and poems. The debut collection features a compilation of 12 short stories and poems, giving tribute to the Caribbean oral tradition, enabling you a feel of life and culture in the tropical green islands. This will be the...

The London Magazine's Poetry Competition is now closed

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The London Magazine’s first ever general Poetry Competition which is to be judged by Hugh Dunkerley and Michael O’Neill, saw an overwhelming response from talented poets from across the globe. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered the competition. The quality of work and imaginative creativity demonstrated in the pieces has been exceptional and...

New eBook collection: 'Making For The Exit' by Edward Lucie-Smith

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The London Magazine is excited to announce the launch of Edward Lucie-Smith’s poetry eBook collection, 'Making for the Exit'. These new poems are summarised as a ‘eclectic mix of stark imagery, sensuous description and bare truths’. Although a regular contributor to our magazine, this eBook will mark the first time Edward Lucie-Smith has been published under The London Magazine Editions. This will be the third eBook...

The Golden Hour by Frances Gapper

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That afternoon was a particularly trying one for Mary. Having changed her mother’s incontinence pad and left her on the sofa watching ‘Homes under the Hammer’, she had retreated upstairs, planning to work. But after turning on her computer, she heard the rattle and scrape of a metal stepladder being positioned outside, on the dank strip of gravel between...

Flowers by Mark Godfrey

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She communicates through flowers. Daffodils are for happiness, carnations for sadness, snowdrops mean hope and tulips stand for strength. She saves dahlias for saints’ days, even though she isn't religious, and gladioli for the family visits she dreads. A red rose means enter, a white rose death. This isn't, you may have noticed, the traditional language of flowers; it's her...

At Aya Sofia by Edward Lucie-Smith

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Today it’s snowing, snowing In Istanbul, Stamboul, Constantinople, New Rome, Byzantium. The city has mislaid its Jews And most of its Greeks. The bones of its Armenians Are long scattered. Somewhere far to the north Potemkin’s ghost Dreams of imperial conquest. There is a noise outside Like someone impatient riding a horse, Thundering at the bronze Of the royal door That should be closed And is open. Upon the dome A huge weight Of fallen snow. This is a...

The Carlton Club Lunch

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Pictures from the Carlton Club lunch are now live. This event was in celebration of Julia Peyton-Jones, who gave a speech at our House of Commons event in January. Guests to the lunch included: Lord and Lady Gowrie, Julia Peyton-Jones, Lord Smith, Lord Palumbo, Lord Risby, Jason Cowley, Charles Talbot Costa Duarte, Ann Chisholm, Caroline Moorehead OBE, Anna Somers-Cocks,...

India/Underwater by Laurence Kilpatrick

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In light of her involvement with the feminist collective Worldwidewomen and their exhibition ‘A Wanderer’s Eyes’ in September last year, Claudia Legge was described by one critic as ‘the photographic answer to Monet’. Such esteemed comparisons encapsulate the growing air of expectation surrounding her work. While she is by no means restricted to the photographic medium – other areas...

TLM & Jamil Naqsh Exhibition event at the Albemarle Gallery

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Photographs from our recent event are now up on our website. Thank you to all those who attended and the Albemarle Gallery for hosting a fantastic party. http://bit.ly/12xAZyD

The London Magazine relaunches Associate Membership. See what benefits this could mean for you!

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Becoming an Associate Member of The London Magazine brings with it a range of benefits including discounts, exclusive event invitations and priority when submitting work. It’s a great idea for anyone who would enjoy opportunities such as getting to meet and converse with guest speakers and other members, have their writing specially considered, or, quite simply, those that are interested...

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And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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‘So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one.’ The opening line to Khaled Hosseini’s new novel And the Mountains Echoed mimics what sounds less like a protagonist, and more like Hosseini himself. As an international bestselling author, with The Kite Runner made into a successful Hollywood blockbuster, it’s fair to say that Hosseini had a lot to...

Steven O'Brien reading at the Society Club, Sat 23rd Feb

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Join Steven O'Brien, David Constantine, Ian Duhlig and Katrina Naomi for a night of short story readings, conversation and wine with the Word Factory. Saturday, 23rd February6-8pm at: The Society Club 12 Ingestre Place, Soho, W1F OJF£10 on the door

The Return of a King; The Battle for Afghanistan by William Dalrymple

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It might come to be seen that all of William Dalrymple’s previous books have served  as his apprenticeship for The Return of a King; The Battle for Afghanistan.  No one else could have written such a book, for no living writer has so completely unpicked the narrative threads of Britain’s greatest imperial disaster.  Masterly research underpins the book. Perhaps...

Vanished Years by Rupert Everett

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Rupert’s brooding and beautiful face graces the cover of his memoirs, Vanished Years - Rupert Everett. As he reflects on his youth with the advantage of hindsight, we get a sense of his nostalgia for those vanished years: the book’s apt title. We are taken through the glamour; humour; regrets; sadness; death and partings of Rupert’s life, all of...

Aug-Sept 07

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Poetry from Dennis Abse, James Kirkup & Seamus Heaney, Jeffrey Meyers on 'Dracula’s Loneliness', Seamus Heaney and Valentina Polukhina in conversation and reviews by Anthony Rudolf and more...

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