Selina Hastings

Lake Lucerne Photo: Davide Seddo/Getty

The nervous passenger who became one of our great travel writers

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Sybille Bedford all her life was a keen and courageous traveller. Restless, curious, intellectually alert, she was always ready to…

Portrait of Sheila by Cecil Beaton

Australia's entrancing Sheila

1 February 2014 9:00 am

The ‘dollar princesses’, those American heiresses who crossed the Atlantic in search of a titled husband, are familiar figures from…

Stage Blood, by Michael Blakemore - review

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Stage Blood, as its title suggests, is as full of vitriol, back-stabbing and conspiracy as any Jacobean tragedy. In this…

Marguerite Alibert: very sexy and utterly loathsome

'The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder', by Andrew Rose - review

13 April 2013 9:00 am

In April 1917 Edward, Prince of Wales, at a luncheon at the Crillon Hotel in Paris, had the misfortune to…

Friends across the sea

17 December 2011 8:00 pm

On 12 February 1952 the novelist Anthony Powell received a letter from a bookseller in New York. Robert Vanderbilt Jr…

House of memories

2 September 2009 12:00 am

Selina Hastings recalls her visit in 1989 to Lady Beauchamp, mistress of Madresfield

Mixing memory with desire

26 August 2009 12:00 am

Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir, by Rick Gekoski

Friends and enemies

12 December 2008 12:00 am

The Pursuit of Laughter: Essays, Articles and Reviews, by Diana Mitford, edited by Deborah Devonshire


The triumph of hope over experience

24 October 2007 11:58 am

Selina Hastings

For richer, for richer

3 October 2007 2:04 pm

Selina Hastings

The battle of the books

5 October 2006 8:31 am

B y now Heywood Hill’s bookshop in Curzon Street must be almost as famous as 84 Charing Cross Road. Opened…

Unfaltering to the end

29 October 2005 12:00 am

While staying at Chatsworth for Christmas 1994, James Lees-Milne records an exchange with his old friend, Patrick Leigh Fermor, on…