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Pope’s Homer

by Sara Wheeler | 12 September 2017

Alexander Pope’s translation of Homer’s Iliad is a sustained flight of invention and still the best rendering in English of the epic poem. Pope’s Iliad was published in six volumes in the first half of...

Girl from the North Country

by Sara Wheeler | 9 September 2017

I loved this play – and I don’t even like Bob Dylan. It’s written and directed by Conor McPherson (best known for The Weir),  and the text is wrapped around Dylan songs. McPherson calls the...

Travels In Macedonia

by Sara Wheeler | 5 September 2017

 ‘Koya boya?’  ‘What colour?’ I was having my toenails painted in Dina’s Beauty Salon on the shores of Lake Ohrid in the south-west corner of Macedonia. The lights of Pogradetz in Albania  were already glittering on...

Limit of Compilation

by Sara Wheeler | 3 September 2017

This tatty map, guarded in its cardboard tube for two decades, takes me back to  one of the happiest moments of my life.  I was in the middle of a seven-month sojourn in the Antarctic,...

The Bedlam Stacks

by Sara Wheeler | 21 August 2017

The best thing about book reviewing lies in the discovery of a fine young writer, especially  a woman. In my field, travel, there aren’t enough women. But in the hybridy genre of narrative non-fiction one...

I Met George Best In Moscow

by Sara Wheeler | 12 August 2017

My childhood was characterised by homogeneity. Everyone we knew – indeed, everyone we had  ever met –  was like us: white, Protestant, working-class and Bristolian. Everyone  left school  as soon as they could; all the...

Writing about Turgenev

by Sara Wheeler | 5 August 2017

I’m writing a book about Russia: the Golden Age of literature, woven in with my stories of travelling in Russia. This week I began chapter three, which is based around Ivan Turgenev (the photo shows...

Trying to Get to Crete

by Sara Wheeler | 29 July 2017

So here’s the thing. My partner and I separated after 22 years and I wanted to take our teenage children on holiday without him to signal the new order. I decided it was l be...

Hong Kong Book Fair

by Sara Wheeler | 26 July 2017

Just returned from the Hong Kong Book Fair – and look how seriously they take it. Here I am on a pillar – a first. Can you believe that the Fair gets a million visitors...

The Foot-Rowers Of Tam Cŏc

by Sara Wheeler | 18 July 2017

The women of Tam Cŏc row sampans with their feet along the Ngo Dong river in northern Vietnam. It’s easier on the back to do it with your clenched toes, apparently.  The rowers face forwards,...