Since 1979, the London Review of Books has stood up for the trad...

ALEX FRENCH: The London Review of Books isn’t exactly the first place I’d go in search of a date. How on Earth did the LRB personals column come to be?

Since 1979, the London Review of Books has stood ...

Alan Bennett gets a ride in Mr Murdoch’s car and gets a review from T. S. Eliot in his 2012 diary. Read it in full:


Since 1979, the London Review of Books has stood up for the tradition of the literary and intellectual essay in English. Each issue contains up to 15 long reviews and essays by academics, writers and journalists. There are also shorter art and film reviews, as well as poems and a lively letters page.

A typical issue moves through political commentary to science or ancient history by way of literary criticism and social anthropology. So, for example, an issue can open with a piece on the rhetoric of war, move on to reassessing the reputation of Pythagoras, follow that with articles on the situation in Iraq, the 19th-century super-rich, Nabokov’s unpublished novel, how saints got to be saints, the life and work of William Empson, and an assessment of the poetry of Alice Oswald.

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Peter Campbell, who died this week, was the resident designer and art critic for the London Review of Books. As well as being its most prolific contributor, he also produced the glorious cover illustrations that so distinguished the magazine. Take a look through our gallery of some of his best work

Each issue of the London Review of Books contains shorter art and film reviews. The magazines editors search tirelessly for exhibits and films they think are worth sharing with readers.The London Review of Books is known well for publishing book reviews and essays on various intellectual and academic topics. The magazines reviewers focus on contemporary works as well as new editions of older material, like one new collection of works by D.H. Lawrence reviewed in May 2014. Essayists for the magazine deal in their writing with anything from geopolitical events to academic and literary debates, which often include the opinions of readers as put forth in their letters.