Gillian Darley
Gillian Darley is a writer, broadcaster and prize-winning architectural journalist. Her subjects include landscape and topography, buildings of quality, utopian and unlikely places, interesting lives. Her first book (recently revised and reissued) was the pioneering study Villages of Vision. She has written biographies of Octavia Hill, John Soane and John Evelyn (the two latter short-listed for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize) and her most recent title (May 2011) is in Profile Books’ Wonders of the World series, Vesuvius: the most famous volcano in the world, published in the USA by Harvard University Press in early 2012.

She was the architectural correspondent of the Observer and director of the Landscape Foundation, has lectured widely in both the USA and the UK, and contributes to a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the London Review of Books (and the LRB blogsite) and the TLS. She writes a monthly column for Building Design and is a thesis supervisor for Masters students on the NYUL (New York University in London) programme. She is writing an appreciation of Ian Nairn, with David McKie.

Blog Entries by Gillian Darley

Vesuvian Moments of Significance

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2012 | (00:00)

I'm not a geologist, vulcanologist nor even a phenomenologist but I've spent a lot of time in the last few years reading about and watching Vesuvius, mostly online or in the media, and once or twice on the spot, while writing a book on its enduring fascination.

Whether it was...

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