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Thomas Harris: Cari Mora review – mayhem in Miami

Boyd Tonkin

This March, a real-estate office in Miami Beach, Florida, put a parcel of prime seafront land on the market. A vacant estate with plans filed for a luxury mansion, the plot at 5860 North Bay Road...

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Mike Jay: Mescaline - A Global History of the First Psychedelic review - multiple perspectives

Katherine Waters

Humans have been consuming mescaline for millennia. The hallucinogenic alkaloid occurs naturally in a variety of cacti native to...

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Ben Okri, Brighton Festival 2019 review - adventures in writing

Katie Colombus

If there’s one thing to learn from Ben Okri in this evening of conversation at Brighton Festival...

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Win a Luxury Weekend for Two to Celebrate Brighton Festival!

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Brighton Festival is the UK’s leading annual celebration of the arts, with events taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.

This...

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Leah Hazard: Hard Pushed review - a midwife's tales

Marina Vaizey

This layered medical memoir by practicing midwife Leah Hazard unpacks riveting tales of all kinds of deliveries and is...

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Clare Carlisle: Philosopher of the Heart review – how to be human

Boyd Tonkin

How close should a biographer come to her subject? Clare Carlisle stays by the side, and looks through the eyes, of Søren Kierkegaard at almost every step on his maverick journey. Philosopher...

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Banine: Days in the Caucasus review - revolutions, pogroms and love

Katherine Waters

By fifteen Ummulbanu Asadullayeva — or Banine, to call her by the name under which she wrote and translated — had already lived more than most of us will in a lifetime. She’d experienced great...

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Frans de Waal: Mama's Last Hug review - animal feelings

Marina Vaizey

Primatologist, ethologist, zoologist, biologist, social psychologist, behaviourist – how may ‘ists’ can one person have? Dutch-American...

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My Enemy's Cherry Tree: Wang Ting-Kuo review - a masterpiece from Taiwan

Katherine Waters

Early every evening, Miss Baixiu comes to sit in an isolated café. She is the daughter of Luo Yiming, the respected employee of a successful commercial bank in charge of loans throughout central...

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Ali Smith: Spring review – green shoots, dark fears

Boyd Tonkin

Stopped in the street for a vox pop by a BBC interviewer keen to “fill your air” with strife and bile, a character in Spring retorts that “there’s a world out there bigger than Brexit,...

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