Gerald and Sara Murphy and friends. The pair are credited with inventing the word “sunbathing”, inviting a flock of exotic friends to join them for picnics on the beach at La Garoupe

The images conjured up by the phrase “summer on the French Riviera in the 1920s” still pack a strong cultural punch. They turn up in everything from t(...)

Author Tim Haig: his new book ‘How To Stop Time’ has already been optioned for the big screen by Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company, Sunnymarch. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Matt Haig writes books about vampires and aliens but they don’t take readers on escapist voyages to other planets. Rather, they are firmly grounded on(...)

F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway: their story began in Paris, as did mine

Following two writers around the world was never going to be an easy task, especially when neither stayed in one place for long. F Scott Fitzgerald an(...)

Ernest Hemingway (with moustache & glasses) and other news reporters mingle with members of the International Brigade  during the Spanish civil war in 1937. Photograph:  London Express/Getty Images

Truth, it is said, is war’s first casualty. And perhaps the second, third and fourth, as well. In Spain during the Spanish civil war truth went top(...)

Liza Klaussmann: while Tigers in Red Weather was about women trying to liberate themselves in the postwar era, her new book is more about masculinity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Picture this. A party in a clifftop villa on the French Riviera. The sun has set over the sea. The garden is lit by hurricane lamps painted – by th(...)

A Happenings screening of ‘The Big Lebowski’ at Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The notion of the pop-up is old news. The chichi boutique; the concept store selling sugar bowls in 12 varieties; the molecular Spanish gastronomy-(...)

Millwall have sacked manager Steve Lomas following the 4-0  defeat at Watford. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Millwall have sacked manager Steve Lomas following the 4-0 defeat at Watford.The Lions’ third straight loss left them just three points above the rele(...)