Page 128. " Ariège, in a south-west corner of France "


Google Map

Ariege Pyrenees Europe Travel

Ariege Photo Blog

Page 130. " when Spender and not he was knighted "
Stephen Spender
Public DomainStephen Spender

Sir Stephen Spender (1909-1995) was an English poet, knighted in 1983.   He fought in the Spanish Civil War, and much of his poetry was born out of social protest. Sir Stephen Spender

Stephen Spender Memorial Trust

Stephen Spender video clip


Page 130. " when Raine, not Grammaticus, got the editorship "

Craig Raine is an English poet and critic born in 1944. 

Contemporary Craig Raine Craig Raine

Famous Poets and Craig Raine

Page 130. " when Hughes and later Motion were preferred as Poets Laureate "

Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was an English poet and children's writer. He married American poet Sylvia Plath, and was British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death.

The Poetry Archive: Ted Hughes Ted Hughes


Andrew Motion (b. 1952) was British Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009, and is the first Laureate to retire. 

Poetry Archive: Andrew Motion

Contemporary Writers: Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion Website

Guardian Article: On retiring as Poet Laureate

Andrew Motion talks about Poet Laureateship 


Page 130. " and above all when it was Heaney who got the Nobel "

Seamus Heaney (b. 1939) is an Irish poet, writer and academic. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. 

Seamus Heaney Website

Nobel Prize Website: Heaney

Internet Poetry Archive: Heaney


Page 131. " John Lee Hooker "
John Lee Hooker
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeJohn Lee Hooker - Credit: Jean-Luc

John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) was an American Blues musician.

Listen on Spotify:  Boom Boom     I'm in the Mood

John Lee Hooker website




Page 131. " St James' Infirmary "

Listen on Spotify:  St James Infirmary performed by Louis Armstrong


Page 133. " He gave her Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' "

In this celebrated novella (1915) by Franz Kafka, a travelling salesman wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect, with dreadful consequences for his work, his family and, ultimately, his health.

Google Books: Metamorphosis Metamorphosis

Page 135. " Newdigate Prize "

An award given to the undergraduate at the University of Oxford who is deemed to have written the best composition in English verse that year.   Winners have included Oscar Wilde, John Buchan and Matthew Arnold.

Newdigate Prize

Page 139. " A TV company wanting to make a programme about his life is putting Grammaticus up in style at Claridge's. "
Claridge's, Mayfair, W1
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeClaridge's, Mayfair, W1 - Credit: Ewan Munro, Fickr
Based in Mayfair, Claridge's is one of London's most famous and exclusive hotels. It was founded in 1812 and currently boasts 203 rooms and suites. After the First World War it owed much of its business to aristocrats who used it in lieu of a permanent London residence. Brad Pitt, Mick Jagger and Mariah Carey have been listed as regular visitors. The main restaurant is run by television personality chef Gordon Ramsay. The opulence of the hotel becomes immediately apparent when you visit their website here.
Page 141. " Perowne has read Paul Ekman on the subject "

Paul Ekman (b. 1934) is an American psychologist who has focused his studies on human emotions and their expression through facial expressions.

Paul Ekman Website