Ffion Hague to chart ‘gay’ affair of Thomas Gray and Walpole’s son with The Grand Tour | Mail Online

Thomas Gray

Horace Walpole

She won widespread acclaim for her first literary effort, a detailed account of the women in the life of former Prime Minister Lloyd George.

Ffion Hague, the wife of Foreign Secretary William Hague, is now hoping to repeat her success with her latest publication, a book documenting what was believed to be the illicit gay love affair of an 18th century poet with the son of Britain’s first Prime Minister, Robert Walpole.

The Grand Tour, which is released next week, is Mrs Hague’s second book, and explores the relationship between Thomas Gray and his schoolfriend Horace Walpole.

via Ffion Hague to chart ‘gay’ affair of Thomas Gray and Walpole’s son with The Grand Tour | Mail Online.

Strawberry Hill House gets its gothic on for October (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)

Strawberry Hill

Horror junkies can sit back and scream in atmospheric surroundings at Strawberry Hill House as its gothic film season gets under way.

With Halloween just around the corner, spooky film buffs will be able to enjoy classic scary movies at Horace Walpole’s gothic castle.

The gothic film season begins on October 10 with a showing of the 1925 version of the Phantom of the Opera which later inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical.

via Strawberry Hill House gets its gothic on for October (From Richmond and Twickenham Times).