The 160-year-old Palais Sursock was one Beirut’s great landmarks and home to the Cochrane family. Photograph: Getty Images

In addition to the devastating human toll taken by the recent Beirut explosion, a lesser but not insignificant casualty was the restored 19th century (...)

Charlie Connelly mixes historical anecdote with reportage and memoir as he goes “in search of the magic of radio”.

A veteran of the Royal Air Corps during the first World War and a cousin of the writer Aldous Huxley, Capt Peter Eckersley seems like an unlikely prec(...)