For anyone seeking an extremely esoteric Christmas present, I have contributed a long (possibly too long) essay on the eighteenth-century history of Samuel Johnson’s Literary Club (aka The Turk’s Head Club) to a volume of essays which is being privately published on December 10th. under the title New Annals of the Club (there was a predecessor volume published in 1914 called Annals of the Club). The other authors are David Cannadine and Peter Hennessy. It’s available only from Sotheran’s bookshop in Sackville Street and can be pre-ordered through email@example.com. Price is £100.