Can scientists create a ‘Robot Frost’?

Can scientists create a ‘Robot Frost’?

Accomplishments in artificial intelligence often suffer from the problem of moving goalposts: As soon as a machine or algorithm can accomplish something that has traditionally been the province of humans, we generally dismiss it. To replicate something with a machine is to show that it has always been mechanical, we...

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Hay Festival: Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Hay Festival: Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vásquez

On May 30th, the Instituto Cervantes in partnership with MacLehose Press and the British Library held an event during the Hay Festival in which acclaimed authors Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vásquez spoke to a fully packed venue about their work as well as the history and current state of...

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Book Release: Orange Lilies of Dallington Place by Sophie Cloud

Book Release: Orange Lilies of Dallington Place by Sophie Cloud

The orange lily conjures a powerful image: bright, radiant and resplendent, it serves as a striking antithesis to the shrinking violet. In the late 17th century, the flower occupied a sizeable chunk of popular imagination, borne out of the palace intrigue that accompanied the newly anointed King William III in...

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The Master & Margarita

The Master & Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov was a writer who had the misfortune to simultaneously be in and (dangerously) out of step with his time and place. Originally a doctor by trade (whose early service with the Red Cross left him in the kind of chronic pain that ends in self-medicating via morphine) Bulgakov...

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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

At a time when anti-intellectualism has moved from anti-student gripes in old man pubs to a legitimate political talking point (Michael Gove has a lot to answer for) Ray Bradbury’s immortal  Fahrenheit 451 circles over the cultural landscape like a wily buzzard. A tale of censorship which has hilariously found...

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Art of the Erotic

Art of the Erotic

The most erotic part of this sumptuous new volume devoted to erotic art is probably sliding one’s finger down the gossamer-thin plastic outer and into the Lucio Fontana slit that gashes the hardback front cover in two. So, what’s new in this recently-published book and what differentiates it from the...

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Meeting Brian Gilbart-Denham and Discussing his Autobiography.

Meeting Brian Gilbart-Denham and Discussing his Autobiography.

Around the World in 80 Years! Brian Gilbart-Denham. Published by Matador. An Imprint of Troubador Publishing Ltd. Publication Date: 2012 ISBN: 978178082345   I met Brian Gilbart-Denham at Hurlingham, his club in Fulham, to discuss his Autobiography. It was a pleasure to follow the threads of the rich tapestry of...

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Paola Diana, Woman Activist and Bestselling Author of Saving the world. Women: the XXI’s Factor for Change

Paola Diana, Woman Activist and Bestselling Author of Saving the world. Women: the XXI’s Factor for Change

Ms Paola Diana is a woman entrepreneur and activist whose forthcoming book, Saving the world. Women: the XXI’s Factor for Change, explores the status and position of women globally, across social, political, economic sectors. Already a bestseller in Italy, this translation has been extensively revised by Paola Diana to incorporate recent...

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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Access journalism comes at a price. If a subject seeks palace privileges, (s)he must act in a manner befitting to the King or risk expulsion from his court. Dissent in any capacity, at least in Tudor times, would be met with a rolling head (arrivederci, Cromwell). If only the President...

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The Making of a Modern Estate

The Making of a Modern Estate

It might appear to some as a vapid puff of ‘vanity publishing’, but this sumptuous volume tells an absorbing story spread over 300 years of property management in one of the most famous and fashionable districts of anywhere in the world. Cadogan owns 93 acres of London, a smallholding compared...

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