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Pig’s Foot, by Carlos Acosta (Bloomsbury Publishing), translated by Frank Wynne. Pig’s Foot is a temporal traipse through the history of Cuba. The narrator, Oscar Mandinga, leads us through the four-generation family history of Pata de Puerco (guess what this translates to), a Macondo-like slave village in Cuba’s deep south. 186 more words

Book Review

Fitzrovia neighbourhood statistics 2014

Fitzrovia like many parts of inner London has wide disparities of wealth. Getting a snapshot of its population and its economic, social and environmental well-being is no easy task as the neighbourhood straddles two local authority boundaries and three local authority wards: Bloomsbury in the London Borough of Camden, and West End and Marylebone High Street in City of Westminster. 

London Borough Of Camden

Advance Praise for Waste: A Philosophy of Things

I’m honoured to have some extremely generous endorsements for my book, Waste: A Philosophy of Things, from two scholars whose work has been an inspiration to me: 271 more words


Who is this mysterious man surveying his territory otherwise known as Bloomsbury?

And why does he wear a teacup on his head? Well maybe not…

On the corner of Grey’s Inn and Theobalds Road stands one of those pubs you’ve probably passed a billion times and thought, ‘That looks like a nice pub. 106 more words


The YMCA, the Great War and the Bard

On the corner of Gower Street and Keppel Street in Bloomsbury stands the impressive inter-war building of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The site’s earlier history, though, is important in the history modern Shakespearean performances in the capital, linked to the RSC and the National Theatre – and it provided a haven for soldiers and sailors in London in the Great War. 493 more words


Virginia Woolf ... and Semen

“Another scene has always lived in my memory — I do not know if I invented it or not — as the best illustration of Bloomsbury Chapter Two. 323 more words