First, The Monuments Men book by Robert Edsel and the subsequent movie starring George Clooney, Matt Damon et. al., and Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, reminded the world of the destruction and theft of many, many cultural treasures by Nazi Germany before and during World War II. Now,Read More
The Pop Up Globe, the world’s first full scale temporary working replica of the Globe Theatre is in Auckland again this summer. It’s a fantastic opportunity for those in the southern hemisphere to experience Shakespeare’s plays performed in the space for which they were originally written.Read More
I've always admired people who can pick up an instrument and play or grab a microphone and sing, so I had to include someone playing on the public piano donated by Sir Elton John to London's St Pancras Station, into one of my books!Read More
The astonishing discovery of a horde of works of art that had been forcibly taken and sold by the Nazis before and during World War II, happened while I was researching for The Carlswick Affair in 2013. The discovery at the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi art dealer and collector, once again highlighted how many items still remain unaccounted for today. Around 1,500 works, including pieces by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Otto Dix were discovered by tax inspectors in Gurlitt's two houses.
Now, two exhibitions of these works are openingRead More