In Tower Hamlets, in the East End of London, is the street known famously as Brick Lane.
It has long been a home to immigrants: first Irish, then Jews, now Bangladeshis. Monica Ali named her controversial first novel after the street.
La maja desnuda, or Naked Maja, is a painting by Francisco Goya (1746–1828). It hangs in the Prado in Madrid. Next to it is the clothed version, La maja vestida.
The paintings were originally hung one in front of the other, with the more decent picture on a pulley system allowing it to be raised to expose its naughtier pair.
Maja in Spanish refers to a woman from the lower classes of Madrid society.
The paintings play a central role in Jostein Gaarder's novel, Maya.
First Holy Communion is a sacrament in the Roman Catholic Church, marking the moment when a child, usually eight years old, first receives the Eucharist commemorating Christ's Last Supper.
Maenads, also known as Bacchantes, were female servants of Dionysus who loved wine, dance and song. Their name means "raving ones", and they were characterized by ecstatic sexuality, frenzied violence and loss of control.
A modern-day Bacchic ritual lies at the heart of Donna Tartt's first novel, The Secret History.