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By Richard Rayner "A good writer can make you believe time stands still. Yet the end of all stories, even if the writer forbears to mention it, is death," wrote the English writer Angela Carter, who died 16 years ago this month. At the time Carter was...
Tags: Stranger Than Fiction, Jane Greer, Death, Angela Carter, Crimes
Where better for a writer to turn for inspiration than to reality? This is especially true of the mystery fiction micro-trend in which authors fashion real-life figures into detectives. It's tricky territory because the margin of error is so tiny. For...
Today is World Toilet Day. You might chuckle or blush, but it's worth taking a moment to acknowledge what the humble loo has done for us. Though the word "toilet" is often considered declasse and even rude to utter aloud, much of modern life would not...
My Name Is Will A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare Jess Winfield Twelve: 292 pp., $23.99 If all the books ever written about William Shakespeare were strung together, they would ring the Earth. Yet for all these many inspired analyses, ardent...
Tags: Drug Trafficking, Stratford, Christianity, Death, Crimes
Special to The TimesShe was the scourge of Spanish and English merchants. "Notorious by land and sea," her English enemies said. Queen Elizabeth I even put a price — 500 pounds — on her head. Grace O'Malley, a 16th century pirate, was feared from Ireland's...
Tags: U.S. Airways, Eyewear, Museum Dioramas, Death, Shamrock
Special to The TimesDespite tales of tumbling heads and murdered wives, I'm a sucker for the Tudors, one of England's ruthless royal dynasties. And there's more fun to be found in exploring two of England's monarchical Henrys than all the Georges put together. That's why on...
Times Staff WriterThe Tower of London, one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions, has been spruced up with a new visitor center, restaurants and more. The additions, completed over the last few months, cap a $35-million, eight-year project to restore and improve...
Times Staff WriterOn Guy Fawkes Day, bonfires crackle and leap all over England. Children inveigle passersby for small change, chanting, "Remember, remember, the 5th of November." Scarecrows stuffed to resemble the most hated man of the hour are tossed on the pyre. This...
Liz Smith"SHE WAS more accused than convicted," remarked one of Queen Anne Boleyn's contemporaries, after Anne's conviction and execution on charges of adultery, incest and treason during her marriage to King Henry VIII; this from Alison Weir's history, "The...
Okay, it’s absolutely none of my business, but when has that ever stopped anyone from blathering out their opinion on the Web? So here goes: Why the hell is the British Parliament changing Big Ben’s name? Yes, I know they are renaming it...
The religious, through the years, have done much harm To the editor: The question posed by Judith Eardley, “Who did the harm, the religious or the irreligious?” is easy to answer. The Crusades were nothing more than Christian military...
Tribune Media ServicesBIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle Of Wight, England on this day in 1948. This birthday guy won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Claus von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune," and won Emmys for his work in "Elizabeth I" and "The...
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