April 21 2014 Latest news:
As historian David Burke points out, the basic requirement of any spy is not to look conspicuous. So when, between the mid-1930s and mid-1940s, around 25 Soviet operatives came to live next to each other in one of London’s new landmark modernist buildings, it didn’t sound like the smartest move.
The first Joseph Connolly novel I read, when I was 14, was his classic dark comedy This Is It and I have counted him amongst my literary influences ever since.
One moment, you’re a high-flying economist and cabinet minister’s wife, the next a cause celebre – the scorned spouse in the dock for lying about your husband’s speeding offence, then vengefully leaking it to the press.
Looking for your next great thriller? It’s time to investigate Oliver Harris’s second outing with Hampstead-based bad boy cop Nick Belsey, every inch the “beguiling bastard” that crime supremo Val McDermid dubbed him when talking about his debut, The Hollow Man.
Children’s fantasy author Robert Muchamore left school with a D in economics and now sells a million books a year, but he’s quietly modest about his achievements.
The Battle of Monte Cassino is often referred to as the “forgotten campaign”. Long and bloody, this series of four battles in 1944 saw the Allies emerge victorious – but so high was its cost that few have chosen to recall it since.
After spending more than a decade underground as Hampstead’s finest DJ and record producer, musician-turned-author Ben Watt felt tired of yesterdays and tomorrows.
Munir Bello doesn’t take a break-up lightly. He’s been dumped in the supermarket after telling one girlfriend that a “certain celebrity” was hot, started ranting about “equal opportunities” when expected to pay for an expensive restaurant date and, as he explains, became enraged when another partner hid their relationship from her family by calling him “a friend”.
Ian McEwan, David Grossman, Julie Burchill, and Simon Schama are among the headline writers at Jewish Book Week which runs at King’s Place from Saturday.
The cackling witch on a broomstick is a benign figure for kids dressing up at Halloween. But 400 years ago, witchcraft was a terrifying collective fear, for both the people who believed themselves cursed and the often innocent women executed for it.
Albert Einstein is rightly regarded as one of the greatest minds of recent history, but it is far from popular knowledge that he also hid one of its most mysterious secrets.
For as long as they have existed, the lure of Hampstead and Highgate has been their “urbs in rure” atmosphere; their identity as villages against the backdrop of a capital. While this has always attracted rich and famous clientele looking for an idyllic retreat, the area’s origins tell a lesser known story of sex, alcohol and political dissent.
Nina Stibbe’s new book reveals hilarious details of life in 1980s Gloucester Crescent
Twenty-six children were left without a primary school place for September after Camden Council made its allocations today.
A Hampstead auction house was abuzz with excitement as a furious bidding war saw a prized lot sell for 10 times its estimate.
Mike Read, who died this month aged 79, was a very active member of a number of Highgate organisations and well known in the village.
David Attenborough introduces you to his favourite extinct creatures as they come alive on one magical night in London’s Natural History Museum.