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Why does Britain have such bizarre place names?

Bishop’s Itchington, Westley Waterless: there is plenty to smile or snigger at on a map of the UK. But in fact, these names reveal a hidden – and fascinating – history.<p>The drive from the town of Much Wenlock to Ashby-de-la-Zouch is 60 miles east across the English Midlands. Once you have crossed …

Linguistics

Between the Acts: Virginia Woolf’s last book

Virginia Woolf wrote Between the Acts shortly before she died and against a backdrop of turmoil and war. Today, her final novel is one of her least-known – and most striking.<p>On 27 March 1941, Virginia Woolf wrote to her publisher, John Lehmann, and confided her worries about the novel she had been …

Literature

Could this be your new favourite bookshop?

London bookshop Libreria is offering a refuge from the digital world by banning mobile phones and tablets.<p>Book lovers who find themselves easily distracted may welcome the brutal approach by a new bookstore in London. In a bold move, Libreria has declared itself a ‘digital detox zone’, banning its …

Books

The only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf

Seventy-five years have passed since the British writer died. To mark the anniversary, we commissioned an animation of a BBC radio broadcast she made on 29 April 1937.<p>“Words, English words, are full of echoes, of memories, of associations – naturally. They have been out and about, on people’s lips, …

Literature

The greatest heroines of all time

It is 200 years since the birth of Charlotte Brontë, who in Jane Eyre created one of fiction’s most memorable heroines. Samantha Ellis explains why some characters endure.<p>A hundred years ago, Virginia Woolf sat down to re-read Jane Eyre for Charlotte Brontë’s centenary. She was worried it would …

Books

How the Queen conquered fashion

As the British monarch makes an appearance at London Fashion Week, Lindsay Baker delves into the immaculate wardrobe of the most photographed woman in history.<p>Her Majesty the Queen has never yielded to fashion’s whims. As royal designer Sir Norman Hartnell said rather sternly to The New York Times …

London Fashion Week

The ultimate 21st-Century word?

A simple pronoun has been voted Word of the Year and sparked outrage among some politicians. Fiona Macdonald looks at how grammar is at the vanguard of a gender revolution.<p>The voice shouted from the crowd, in the manner of a rabble-rousing protestor on a march. But this was no banner-waving …

Linguistics

Británicos celebran y lamentan la votación sobre salida UE

LONDRES (AP) — Gran Bretaña se despertó el viernes como un país dividido, mientras la gente reaccionaba con júbilo y alivio o conmoción y enfado al resultado de una votación histórica que marca un cambio trascendental en la relación del país con Europa.<p>En el mercado londinense de Billingsgate, los …