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Moravian Graveyards in UTOPIA

The idea of equality in burial struck me as an appropriate introduction to notions of equality in society.  An essay based upon a memory of a place and my admiration for the most successful of all the community experiments I investigated in Villages of Vision. See Utopia

Guardian Saturday Review

Angus Wilson was almost the only writer to set a novel in a postwar New Town, where modern ideals met contemporary architecture and planning, not always happily. It’s also a subtle portrait of an elderly woman able and willing to change her expectations, unlike the rest of her posturing family. See Guardian Saturday Review

Herald on Sunday

When Vesuvius came out I received letters from men who, served in the Allied forces in southern Italy, and had witnessed the 1944 eruption. Here’s my conversation with one of those correspondents Sir Frederick O’Brien QC. See Herald on Sunday

London Review of Books

Robert Hughes’s death in 2012 prompted this memory, set against halcyon yet sad days in Florence.

A bit of a mystery story, but overwhelmingly about its setting. I like this one!

Whilst writing my biography of John Evelyn, I visited Wotton, his birthplace, now a smart conference centre.  Yet the landscape, beech woods and gardens are much as they always were. This diary piece celebrates them.

Essex is a county I know well and value. Reviewing a Buildings of England volume allowed me to indulge myself, writing about such an under-appreciated county.

Building Design

In June 2012, my eye was caught by this massive structure, rising on the edge of Green Park. I was concerned how it had ever been allowed to bite into a corner of a Royal Park. The piece, one of my monthly columns, provoked a gratifying response, both online and in print.

Architecture Today

In this piece I looked at the possibilities, and limitations, of architectural biographies.

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