The final days

We saw a flurry of activity in the final days of our 26 Armistice project  – including a surprise mention in the House of Commons. In case you missed it, here’s a round-up of highlights from the…

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The Last Post?

Final thoughts on the 26 Armistice Project I’m writing this in the last fortnight as we count down to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. I’ve had the privilege not only of reading these 100 stories and…

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26 recommends

Twelfth Night at the Young Vic It’s the first show put on by the Young Vic’s new artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, and it is a thing of pure joy. It’s a musical adaptation, and it’s full of…

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All change

Lovely Laura Hunter is taking a step back from editing 26’s newsletter, to focus on other projects. And I’m hoping I can do her proud as I take the reins. Here’s a quick update and a hello…

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Five books on a shelf

For this month’s instalment, Lisa Andrews takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her bookshelf. Choosing favourite books is like asking to choose favourite cats for me, so instead I’m sharing my four most recent purchases and…

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26 Armistice: update

As we enter the final weeks of our centena releases, don’t miss out on some exciting news, dates for your diary, and getting hold of the book itself. If I’ve done the maths right, the day this…

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Events, events, events

I’ve just returned from participating in events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and the Byron Writers Festival (Australia). I’m doing three events at the Margate Bookie, and in October a Bloomsbury Festival event with John Simmons.…

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26 recommends

Reflecting on summer reads I have had a marvellous summer of reading, and during September I have particularly enjoyed Kate Atkinson’s Transcription with its wonderfully resourceful protagonist taking us back into her brief career with the Secret Service during…

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The past is a foreign country

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Elen Lewis reviews John Simmons’ latest novel The Good Messenger and discovers a poignant tale from a different time. John Simmons’ latest novel, The Good Messenger reminded me of The Go-Between by LP Hartley, who wrote one…

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Disused pub in Hoxton by Andy York
Photo by Lucy Beevor
Image by Tony Linkson
Found on the island of Giglio, Italy by Chris Bird.
26 Screenshot by Lara Muth
I live at number 26, and this is my bin!  Rebecca Thomas
Captured in Venice by Elen Lewis
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Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Spotted by Marin Lee at the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Spotted in Copenhagen by Helen MacKinven.
Spotted on the airfield of Tivat airport in Montenegro by Martin Lee
I took this picture in a fabulous vegan and raw food restaurant in Turin - Ezri Carlebach
Spotted in Capri by Laura Hunter
Woods near Jouqueviel, Midi-Pyrenees, 10 minutes after I had told my walking group about 26. They gave me a funny look. By David Mathews
Image by Ed Pritchard
Image by Lydia Thornley in Krakow
Spotted in Belfast by Jonathan Holt
From Christmas travels in Krakow by Lydia Thornley
Night time lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley