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.
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.
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...