If you want to strike a hard bargain you need to be sitting on a hard chair, new research suggests.
In 2006 the thatched house in Lymington on England’s Hampshire coast, which had been the home of the late Ken Russell for 30 years, burned down. All of the director’s original film scripts, including Women in Love, The Devils and Tommy, were destroyed. So was the bulk of the music collection which inspired him to make his groundbreaking films about composers in the 1960s. There is, however, one part of the Russell archive which has survived, for the simple reason that for 50 years it had never once been in his possession.