Lady Marina Vaizey CBE is an art critic and writer. Formerly a member of the Arts Council she has curated several exhibitions. She is currently a trustee for The Musical Brain and is on the editorial board for the magazine of the V & A.
The Lives of Lucian Freud
Few knew Lucian Freud better than his collaborator and close friend William Feaver. Now the former Observer chief art critic and Pitmen Painters author comes to Jewish Book Week in conversation with Marina Vaizey to discuss his second and final volume of the biography, described by Craig Brown as “explosively enjoyable”. From being commissioned to paint the Queen to tattooing swallows on Kate Mosse’s back, Feaver brings to life an ...
When I play with my cat, how do I know she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?’ asked Montaigne back in the Renaissance. Present-day philosopher – and bestselling author of Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals – John Gray joins Marina Vaizey to discuss his latest book, subtitled Cats and the Meaning of Life. He draws on centuries of thought, including Descartes, Schopenhauer and Schrodinger, to explore the complex and intimate links that have defined how ...
Seven Types of Atheism: To Believe or Not to Believe
For a generation, public debate has been corroded by a narrow derision of religion in the name of an often vaguely understood ‘science’. Bestselling author and eminent philosopher John Gray describes the rich, complex world of the atheist tradition. His book sheds an extraordinary and varied light on what it is to be human and on the thinkers who have battled to understand this issue. “There is no need to panic or despair”, says Gray. “A godless world is as myste...
Award-winning historian Orlando Figes presents an enthralling, panoramic cultural history of 19th century Europe through the prism of the intertwined lives of opera singer Pauline Viardot, novelist Ivan Turgenev, and connoisseur Louis Viardot – Pauline’s husband. Their friends numbered Flaubert, Chopin, Dickins, Rossini, George Sand, Liszt and Delacroix. They were the arbiters of a pan-European culture who forged a new cosmopolitan age.
To Kill a Man – Virtual Event
This event was recorded live using the Zoom webinar facility.
The latest thriller from smash-hit author Sam Bourne, To Kill a Man is packed with “plot twists and insights into political campaigning, the Me Too movement and the darker side of the internet” [The Times].
A woman is brutally assaulted in her own home by an intruder. She defends herself — leaving her attacker dead.
But this is no ordinary woman. She’s Natasha Winthrop,...