Matthew Dennison Matthew Dennison is an author, biographer and a regular contributor to Country Life. In Focus: Why Dora Maar’s vision placed her in the first rank of Surrealists The brilliant, innovative photographer at the forefront of Surrealism was much more than merely Picasso’s mistress, says Matthew Dennison. Flatcoat retrievers: The dogs that are charming, endlessly happy and will do anything to capture your heart Intelligent, devoted and adept at working all country, the flatcoated retriever is the Peter Pan of the dog world with a tail that never stops wagging, discovers Matthew Dennison. Photographs by Sarah Farnsworth. Gordon setters: Distinguished, handsome and kindly dogs who deserve consideration Developed by the 4th Duke of Gordon, the handsome black-and-tan Gordon setter has fallen out of fashion as a working dog, but deserves our attention as a potential pet. Curious Questions: Have you been taking books off shelves the wrong way for your entire life? The question of how to take a book off a shelf without damaging it may not be one you've ever given much thought to — but you owe it to your collection to do it the right way. Port Fairy, Australia: The former whaling town with more bite than its name suggests, on Australia’s Great Ocean Road Cruising down Australia’s Great Ocean Road, Matthew Dennison discovers a former whaling town well worth visiting. Cardigan Welsh Corgis: 'Smashing little dogs’ which deserve as much recognition as their Pembroke cousins They’re not as well known as their Pembroke cousins that are so beloved by The Queen, but Cardigan Welsh corgis are small dogs with a big attitude, finds Matthew Dennison. The secret history of the milestone, from Roman Britain to Industrial Revolution and beyond The milestones which help travellers find their way across Britain have been a feature of the nation's highways and byways for 2,000 years. Matthew Dennison traces their history. Kenneth Grahame and the true meaning behind The Wind in the Willows The Edwardian author Kenneth Grahame’s adoration of Nature and landscape made him passionate about conservation and inspired him to create some of Britain's best-loved characters, says his biographer Matthew Dennison.