Lucia Joyce: Samuel Beckett kept a photograph of her in her silver fish costume. Photograph: Berenice Abbott/Getty

Lucia Joyce, born to James Joyce and Nora Barnacle in Trieste in 1907, has captured the imagination of many writers and artists as tragic muse. Film-m(...)

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Mata Hari was born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle or “M’greet” in the terraced house in Leeuwarden, 140km north of Amsterdam.

It was eerily fitting that all that remained yesterday of the Dutch birthplace of the infamous first World War spy, Mata Hari, after a weekend fire, w(...)