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  • 'A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and Their Remarkable Families' by Michael Holroyd

    'A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and Their Remarkable Families' by Michael Holroyd
    When Michael Holroyd takes on a subject, you know his sweep will be wide. This is not to say that he forfeits depth -- far from it -- but rather that he puts things in the fullest possible context. His groundbreaking biography of Lytton Strachey more than 40 years ago not only established him as a first-rate practitioner of the art but also blew the lid off the Bloomsbury group with his revelations of their hitherto discreetly covered-up antics. Indeed, he is both forefather and godfather to the hundreds of works exploring the lives, loves and libidos of that fascinating crowd.
  • Just add tea and crumpets

    Just add tea and crumpets
    Few phrases are more magical than "English garden." The words conjure visions at once settled and unconstrained: cool emerald vistas, buxom clumps of lilies and larkspurs, rose petals spilling from a tree-hugging vine. Caught in their spell, desert...

    Beauty abounds at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England

    Beauty abounds at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England
    "Everybody knows Kent," Charles Dickens wrote in "The Pickwick Papers," "apples, cherries, hops and women." Almost 175 years after publication of "Papers," Kent, just 50 miles south of London, is still known as the garden of England and the larder of...

    Planning your trip to Sissinghurst Garden Castle

    THE BEST WAY TO SISSINGHURST From LAX, British, Air New Zealand, American, United and Virgin Atlantic offer nonstop service, and Continental and US Airways offer connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $731. Take the...

    Try this trio of dark tales from across the water

    Even the stereotypically cold, damp weather of Britain can sound divine next to Maryland's blistering summer temperatures. But as the following three dark British tales make clear, the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the pond. "A Book...