Accommodation Available

Roman Holidays. Charming flat available for short and long lets in EUR, one of Rome’s most prestigious and greenest neighbourhoods, with far-reaching views of the city and surrounding mountains. Excellent conditions throughout, 65 sqm, comprising large living-room, open-plan kitchen, large separate double-bedroom, and large bathroom. Porter, lift, tennis court, mature communal gardens, five mins walk from the metro. Within easy reach of the airport and the sea. To let weekly (€600 pw. flat rate, linens included) or yearly (€1.100 pcm. service charges included). No agents please. 

New York City. Splendid ‘Accredited Accommodations’. Accessible, affordable, attractive, private furnished flats. For short or long term rent in prime locations. Established 1995.
tel: +12126953404 

Paris, St Germain. Week or month, charming top-floor, elevator, ideal for two people. 

Paris 9th. Writer's spacious 1st floor flat off secluded square. Sleeps 2. Large sitting room. Study. 2 mths min. Suit academic. £1200/pcm incl. 

Our magnificent maison de maître overlooks the Canal du Midi in a Languedoc village. Spacious independent second-floor apartment, views to the Pyrenees, garden and pool, WiFi, available for short or long lets. Perfect for creative writing or retreats. 


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For Sale

Jacques Villon. Works on paper. 358 pieces, many unique, many rare. 44 year collection offered-all or part. 

For sale near Orvieto, Umbria - comfortable end-of-hilltop village house with stunning views over the Tiber Valley. Shop in village; all other necessary shops in nearby town. Kitchen, living room, 3 double bedrooms,(one en suite), family bathroom, two terraces, storage cave. Excellent fan-assisted woodburner. Warm in winter, cool bedrooms in summer. Very peaceful (ideal for reading!), in middle of Franciscan countryside. Good rail and road connections to Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, airports, etc. Knockdown price £68,000 (fully furnished). 

Established, well-known and award-winning independent bookshop/publisher with freehold of fine Georgian premises in a historic rural town near the Welsh border/M4 corridor 981 sq. ft. bookshop with integral 840 sq. ft. three bedroomed maisonette. Retiring owner will sell to a good, equally enthusiastic new owner for £170k + SAV. Undoubted further business development potential, underpinned by the growing national recognition of the location. 


FRANCE, DORDOGNE, PERIGORD Room and board. Top-floor room with skylights, own private bath/shower/spa in privately sited, tastefully restored authentic Dordogne stone farmhouse. Sleeps two. Modern amenities, hardwood floor, fireplace. Sixty-nine bucolic acres of woods, meadows, valley, truffle grove, organic orchards, gardens, vineyards leisurely strolled by two horses. Charming nearby villages nested in rolling hills of Périgord Blanc reachable via walking trails. Ideal for writing holidays/retreat. Weekly or monthly.
tel: +31 616 092177 

South West France Stylishly restored detached cottage, tranquil, views, sleeps 2 

FRANCE (South West): Les portes-en-Ré. In the most beautiful and private vilage of Ile de R, spacious modern villa: master house, guest house, secure swimming pool, large garden (2500 sqm). Walking distance from village, tennis, golf course, beaches. 

Chania, Crete Writer’s restored stone house in idyllic village. Two bathrooms, sleeps 2-4, a/c, sea and mountain views. £350 per week, £400 July/Aug.
tel: 020 7729 2242 

France Profonde: Rustic coach house and garden in heart of medieval St Benoit. Boulangerie, patisserie, butcher and more in village, good walks, chateaux and swimming lakes nearby. 

GENEVA BY THE LAKE. Spacious, beautiful, comfortable centrally located studio. 

LEGENDARY PROVENCE IN 2014. Three family homes, stunning views, in 2 idyllic villages to suit your needs. Large libraries for LRB readers, children. 

Peaceful French Farmhouse, Loiret region. Sleeps eight (max 14). Sancerre, Chablis, 45 mins; Paris 1.5 hrs. Set in 2.5 acres. Big skies, boulodrome, wifi. 

Visit the Mani in mainland Greece. Kardamyli, in the Mani, Southern Peloponnese, is the village where the great author Paddy Leigh Fermor lived and wrote. For centuries, the Mani was wild and Kardamyli a poor rustic town. Today, Kardamyli has lost none of its real-Greek charm but boasts tavernas, cafés and organic shops. Read Leigh Fermor’s Mani and follow in his footsteps - enjoy walking along way-marked donkey tracks in the hills above the pretty coastline, past stone-built Maniot look-out towers and through Ancient Kardamyli. The sea-front hotels of Anniska and Liakoto offer tranquil, well-equipped apartments – with a private swimming pool - just one minute from the characterful main street. 

Chania, Crete. Spacious airy flat sleeps four plus, £100 per person per week, discounts apply.
tel: 01603 506595 

Suffolk, near Snape and Aldeburgh. Small period cottage, large garden all mod cons. £60 per night, £350 per week.
tel: 01603 506595 

Holiday Rental in central Piedmont (Italy). Hilltop house, sleeps up to seven. Secluded location 1hr outside of Turin, one mile private road (unpaved). Medieval abbeys, churches within short driving distance, guided tours available. Winery visits, wine tasting trips available. Recommended for Summer and Autumn stays. Wheels essential. Base price €25 per person per night. Children discount. Extended stay discount.  web  

Aveyron, France. Rent/buy Mediaeval farmhouse, 3 double en suites. Views over unspoiled countryside will inspire and restore. 

The Retreat: Verandah, living-dining, two double bedrooms, AC/TV, ensuite bathrooms, sleeps four to six, sea walks, security, site staff. Spring rate: Feb-June from £300 pw; Summer: Aug-Oct from £330 pw; Winter: Nov-Jan £360. Long lets negotiable.
tel: 07932 530347 

Todi, Umbria Refined accommodation in meticulously decorated
apartments set in a beautifully restored country
estate. Spacious and relaxing apartments with
well-appointed kitchen. Terrace with stunning
views of lush hills. Salt-water pool, rose gardens,
vineyard, organic vegetable patches, orchards and
olive grove. 

Aegean Turkey, near Ephesus. Charming and award winning small boutique hotel in traditional village 10 Km from sea & near many archaeological sites. Well stocked library, piano, pool, shady courtyard gardens, free WiFi. 

South West France Attractive house, secluded terrace, country market, sleeps 2-4 

Elegant Tuscan Retreat available to rent from September 1, 2014 to June 15, 2015. Please visit site and enter #84113 under Rental Homes 

Farmhouse. Rural S.W France. Peaceful. Views. Nr village. Pool. 

Independent Cafés

SAFFRON BAKERY Coming to Hong Kong? Missing your LRB and good coffee? Visit us in Stanley (The Plaza: just five minutes walk from the market) or at our café on the Peak (100 Peak Rd Dairy Farm Building). At Saffron you can have your cake and eat it too. We also love visiting authors, poets and writers of any ilk who like to give readings and sell their wares. 


Workshops are for jerks. What you need is an editor. 

Wanted: Producer for edited medico - legal play. Hospital setting. Two consultants, mutually attracted, and a registrar dominate the cast. A skilled but intransigent (orthopaedic) surgeon makes a reversible surgical error. Conflict with his registrar leads to patient’s death. Accusations follow which the pathologist must confirm or deny. When the truth emerges only one action can save the surgeon and he takes it. 

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Are you a quiet academic/writer who would enjoy weekends in the country? Female writer, 65, vital and reflective, attractive smile, Jewish origins, would appreciate male camaraderie, friendship, maybe more. Contact or c/o Birdshole Cottage, Birdshole Lane, Barcombe, Sussex, BN8 5FH 

Thirty-eight year old man. Told attractive, intelligent. Interests include cinema, literature, travel, cycling and sailing. LRB subscriber. Lives SW London, works central. Seeking attractive female LRB readers in their thirties or twenties for dating. 

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Brief Neurodynamic Psychotherapy, Dr Seán Haldane, Harley St, clinical psychologist/neuropsychologist and author. 

Ready to show up for your life? Psychotherapy can help with anxiety, depression, unsatisfactory relationships etc. Two minutes from Bond Street tube.
tel: 07939 111605 

Depressed? Anxious? Confused? Stuck? Talking things over may help. Experienced, open minded, cultured psychotherapist. NW London. Paul Gordon

tel: 020 7624 3053 

Reader Services

Copy editing dissertations, theses, memoirs, non-fiction / all topics. 10 years experience / reasonable rates / Society for Editors and Proofreaders member 


The Travelling Desk. A great gift for a writer! 

bespokeshorts. Literary short stories tailored to one's life Contact: J A Weston No false flattery - just part of the legacy
tel: 07940 933159 

The Devon Chef In Devon this year ? - I can cook for you on holiday using the best Devon produce. Call me to take the self out of self-catering in Devon.
tel: 07980 284122 

Experienced proofreader and translator of academic and literary texts (Swedish to English) offer services at competitive rates. Academic background PhD philosophy. Excellent references. 

You have an idea for a book. Good. That's a start. Transferring it from your head to the computer, though, is where the hard work begins. We guide you with practical learning modules, exercises and feedback. Learn to write fiction, memoir or erotica at

Specialist Booksellers

BOOKFINDING SERVICE. Also journal articles, CDs & DVDs, bibliographic research. All subjects. Books are willingly mailed overseas. Visa, MasterCard & AmEx welcome. Barlow Moor Books, 29 Churchwood Road Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TZ.
tel: 0161 434 5073  fax: 0161 448 2491 

Skoob Books. Visit our new shop at the rear of The Brunswick. The large and changing stock of second hand books includes: philosophy, fiction, art, maths, science, politics and much besides. Books shipped wherever required. Mon-Sat 10.30am-8pm, Sunday 10.30am-6pm.
address: 66 The Brunswick, off Marchmont Street, London, WC1 1AE (Russell Square Tube)
tel: 020 7278 8760 

THE BROADWAY BOOKSHOP. A small but beautiful independent bookshop on Broadway Market, Hackney.
We specialise in literary fiction and have a good range of poetry, philosophy, politics, biography, city literature, travel, art, fashion, music and children's books. We regularly hold events at the shop such as readings and discussions. 6 Broadway Market London E8 4QJ
Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm Sunday 11am - 5pm

tel: 020 7241 1626 

The Great War Bookshop Your online source for second-hand, rare, fine and collectable books, maps, guides, ephemera, etc. about the First World War. To browse nearly forty catalogues of History & Literature 1914 - 1918 go to and click on 'booksellers' or go direct to:  

tel: 020 7734 5259 

Writers' Retreats

A gorgeous Greek island and an expert tutor? Why not go for it? Six day fiction courses with a friendly and expert tutor,the novelist, JOHN MURRAY. On a Greek island KYTHNOS, so beautiful you won't want to leave it. Cheaper than the Arvon Foundation and everywhere else at only 450 pounds. The courses start 23rd September 2013. 'John's fiction surgeries are an education in writing' - CLARE SAMBROOK, author of Canongate hit novel, Hide & Seek. 'John Murray has a mind like a laser beam and is able to focus on dross and on cutting it out' TONY WALKER, Fiction Surgery student. 

Writers' Retreats at Casa Ana, Andalucia 20 November – 4 December 2013 – just one place remaining 19 February – 5 March 2014 Writers’ retreats from £220 per week* A room of your own, inspiring surroundings, good food and the company of other writers. Mentoring available. Early booking strongly recommended “Casa Ana offered a perfect writing environment…” “"I came for the Writers’ retreat… and my only regret was that it wasn't longer.”*2013 prices
tel: +34 958 766270 

Greece: writers’ retreats & workshops. Secluded location beside the sea on unspoilt beautiful Methana. Full board with excellent food, also optional yoga. 

West Cork, Ireland. Writers' Retreat: Beautiful Glengarriff, luxury secluded venue overlooking Bantry Bay. Accommodation and full board, workshops included, from £320 p.p.s. 6-13th September 2014. 

WRITE IN BERLIN. Jun 9th-13th: Travel Writing & Memoir Jun 30th-Jul 4th: Fiction Writing Jul 7th-11th: Scriptwriting with Rory Maclean, Kimberly Bradley, Clare Wigfall, Donna Sharpe, CJ Hopkins, Tim Butcher and more 

West Cork, Ireland. Writers' Retreat: Beautiful Glengarriff, luxury secluded venue overlooking Bantry Bay. Accommodation and full board, workshops included, from £320 p.p.s. 6-13th September 2014