Meryl Streep in Sydney Pollack’s 1985 film Out of Africa, which revived interest in the 1937 memoir by  Karen Blixen or Isak Dinsen in which it was based. It drew on her experiences running a coffee-plantation in Kenya, at first with her husband, then on her own. An eccentric Danish aristocrat may not seem the most likely chronicler of life in Africa but she is a natural storyteller, blessed with a precise, elegant and commendable flair for ironic epigrams

It’s the light, it’s the heat that hits you with the force of a punch to the chest, it’s the menaced turn and stare into the eyes of an animal more(...)

Eileen Gray: convincingly depicted in Patricia O’Reilly’s re-creation of an interview between the Irish modernist designer and the British journalist Bruce Chatwin.

Fictionalising real people is tricky. An author no longer has free rein with characters. When information exists in the public domain readers will (...)

An unpublished interview by Bruce Chatwin with Irish designer  Eileen Gray in 1972 for the Sunday Times when her lacquer screen, Le Destin, sold for $64,000, a then record, inspired Patricia O’Reilly’s new novel

My impetus to write The Interview was a remark at a lunch that Bruce Chatwin had interviewed Eileen Gray in 1972 for The Sunday Times when her lacquer(...)

This morning, Damon Albarn was a man on a mission. He left his house before dawn and headed towards the Thames to shoot footage of the river, w(...)

Photograph: Reuters / Alessandro Garofalo

Small black notebooks with rounded corners were the MacBooks of Paris-based artists and writers like Henri Matisse and Ernest Hemingway in the (...)