The First World War is understandably preoccupying the public this centenary year.
Before he began writing his seventh novel, Herman Koch made an appointment with his family doctor.
Laurie Penny can certainly coin a phrase:
The day I meet Philip Hensher, he's been having waspish fun on Twitter, offering advice to authors about to be interviewed in response to a series of tweets from an American writer and "publishing attorney", one Susan Spann.
There's a peculiar irony in interviewing the quiet man of English letters in a London restaurant filled with noise.
Charm - Laurie Lee once wrote - is "the ultimate weapon, the supreme seduction, against which there are few defences".
Where better to meet Sir Tom Devine than in Glasgow's Merchant City?
THIS yrical gem from Tennyson's The Princes tempted Roger Quilter to set it to music, transforming the words into an exquisite love song.