Rachel Lichtenstein

Spitalfields: The History of a Nation in a few Streets
Religious strife, civil conflict, waves of immigration, the rise and fall of industry, great prosperity and grinding poverty – the handful of streets that constitute modern Spitalfields have witnessed all this and more. In a fascinating evocation of one of London’s most distinctive districts, Dan Cruickshank tells the story of the people who have lived there from Roman times right up to the present, describing the transformation of the Spitalfields he first encountered in the 1970s – a ...
Testaments to Constancy and Change
In Weatherland, Alexandra Harris’s subject is not the weather itself but the weather as it is daily recreated in the human imagination. She builds her remarkable story from small evocative details and catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals: Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one. In this richly illustrated panorama of cultural climates on the move, Harris cleverly reveals that weather is at the very heart of English life and culture. ...