An arrangement of decorative autumn seedheads from the garden, including those of the opium poppy, honesty, Thalictrum, Molinia. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s when leaves start to fall, flowers start to fade and the low autumn sun throws out its last, fierce shafts of glimmering, golden light that I fin(...)

Humane: George Eliot. Photograph: London Stereoscopic Company/Getty

There are books you grow up with and books you grow into. For the writer Rebecca Mead, Middlemarch was one of the former(...)