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Topic: Alice Thomas Ellis

The Pope’s choice for the new Archbishop of Liverpool shows that he is prepared to search far and wide for new bishops

The McMahon ‘pick’ represents a spreading of the net, though not perhaps a very dramatic one

The remarkable resilience of Welsh culture

St David’s Day is just one example of the great strength of Welsh traditions

How great tragedy inspires great art

Alice Thomas Ellis’s life was overshadowed by tragedy, and so makes great reading in this, the month of death

Alice Thomas Ellis: isn’t it time someone wrote her biography?

She was a highly significant writer, and nearly every important literary person passed through her kitchen

My memories of Beryl Bainbridge are stamped with her wonderful eccentricity

She was yet another lapsed Catholic estranged by ‘the Spirit of Vatican II’