Rachel Redford

Portrait of Pepys, after John Hayls. The Diary for 17 March 1666 reads: ‘This day I begin to sit [for Hayls], and he will make me, I think, a very fine picture.... I sit to have it full of shadows, and do almost break my neck looking over my shoulder to make the posture for him to work by.’

Spend 116 hours with Samuel Pepys

22 August 2015 9:00 am

We all know about Samuel Pepys witnessing the Great Fire in his Diaries, but how many have read the definitive…

Sir Hugh Walpole

An epic performance that brings a lost novelist back to life

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Hugh Walpole, now almost forgotten, was a literary giant. Descended from the younger brother of the 18th-century prime minister Robert…

Granta Best of Young British Novelists 4 - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

This year marks the fourth Granta ‘Best of Young British novelists’, begun in 1983, but it is the first time…

The Spoken Word: Short Stories, Volume II - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Largely unheard since their original performances or BBC broadcasts between 1939 and 2011, these readings of 12 short stories by…

Portrait of Proust by Jacques-Emile Blanche

Length and quality

24 November 2012 9:00 am

The final volume of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, released at the end of last month, is a landmark in…