sat 04/04/2020

book reviews and features

Oliver Craske: Indian Sun, The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar review - a master receives masterly treatment

mark Kidel

Ravi Shankar was one of the giants of 20th century music. A...

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Fitzcarraldo Editions wins Republic of Consciousness Prize

Jessica Payn

South London-based publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions has once more been awarded the Republic of Consciousness Prize,...

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Sam Bourne: To Kill a Man review – the woman who fought back

Marina Vaizey

Assassinate the President! Obliterate history by torching libraries and murdering historians! Crazy leaders and fake news are just a few of the subjects tackled by political journalist and...

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Nathalie Léger: The White Dress review – masterfully introverted

Charlie Stone

Nathalie Léger’s The White Dress brings personal and public tragedy together in a narrative as absorbingly melancholic as its subject is shocking. The story described by Léger’s narrator...

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Samuel Beckett: Dream of Fair to Middling Women review – the literary titan laid bare

Daniel Baksi

That any writer “struggling to make ends meet” would apply themselves to the making of Dream of Fair to Middling Women is something of a complexity. Written in ...

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Brendan Cleary, Great Eastern, Brighton review – last orders

Nick Hasted

St. Patrick’s Day, and socialising itself, has been all but cancelled. But...

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Christopher Booker: Groupthink review – an uncritical history of political correctness

Daniel Baksi

“Groupthink”, according to Christopher Booker, is “one of the most valuable guides to collective human behaviour we have ever been given.” But what is it exactly? It begins Booker’s final,...

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Emma Glass: Rest and Be Thankful review – fiction from the paediatric front-line

Boyd Tonkin

How do you prevent a sick baby in a high-care cubicle, his frail chest swamped in secretions, from drowning in his own “loose mucus”? Remove a suction catheter from its wrapping and insert it...

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Mieko Kawakami: Breasts and Eggs review - a book of two halves

India Lewis

Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs is a true novel of two halves and is (excuse the pun) a bit of a curate’s egg. Kawakami’s bio at the beginning of the text explains that the novel was...

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Hilary Fannin: The Weight of Love review – unravelling knotty lives

Lauren Brown

The relationship between Joe, Robin and Ruth is far from your average love triangle. On the face of it, Robin loves Ruth, but after introducing her to his charismatic friend Joe – an artist and...

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“The whole world is just tilting at the moment,” we’re told near the end of Wild, the Mike Bartlett play from summer 2016 that is...

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With over one hundred books to her name and several hugely popular TV spin-offs, including the Tracy Beaker adventures, Jacqueline Wilson takes a...

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