My love of cinema began in my mid-teens. Back then, when there were only four television channels in the UK, the BBC broadcast a steady stream of old movies. My favourites were black and white American films from the1930s and 1940s.
As far as I know, no-one has ever had a complaint about a book blurb upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority.
The writer Monica Ali said in a recent interview that the critical reaction to her 2011 novel Untold Story tipped her into ten years of depression. Critics apparently thought she had strayed too far from the subject matter that made her name and that gave her writing voice ‘authenticity’.
Who’s heard of the Odeuropa project? Me neither, until I saw it briefly mentioned in a newspaper article. It turns out to be a research project, staffed by academics from both humanities and sciences, whose goal is record and preserve Europe’s ‘olfactory heritage’.