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book reviews and features

Sunday Book: Henry Marsh - Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery

marina Vaizey

Is it true that the blob of jelly resembling convoluted grey matter that we carry around in our skulls is really what we are? And how we are, and why? This is the profound question that is...

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theartsdesk at The Hospital Club

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The Arts Desk is delighted to announce a new partnership with The Hospital Club in...

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Sunday Book: Nicholas Hytner - Balancing Acts

Jasper Rees

After the first preview of Mike Leigh’s play Two Thousand Years at the ...

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Sunday Book: Donna Leon - Earthly Remains

Liz Thomson

It’s 25 years this year since Donna Leon introduced us to Commissario Guido Brunetti, a man who in his way has done as much for...

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'What did you do?' Actors reveal their Shakespearean secrets

Julian Curry

Much of the brilliance of Shakespeare lies in the openness, or ambiguity, of his texts. Whereas a novelist will often describe a character, an action or a scene in the most minute detail,...

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Sunday Book: Jo Nesbo - The Thirst

Jasper Rees

The jacket designs of Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole thrillers don’t muck about. The novelist’s name with its...

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Michelangelo's Madonna and Child

Alison Cole

Michelangelo's Taddei tondo, which depicts the Madonna and Child with the Infant St John in a rocky landscape, is the only Michelangelo marble in Britain. Currently one of the stars of the...

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Sunday Book: Jean Hanff Korelitz - The Devil and Webster

Matthew Wright

Naomi Roth, president of Webster College, Massachusetts, has come a long way since readers first made her acquaintance in Korelitz’s second...

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Brighton Festival 2017: 12 Free Events

thomas H Green

The Brighton Festival, which takes place every May, is renowned for its plethora of free events. The 2017 Festival is curated by Guest Director Kate Tempest, the poet, writer and performer,...

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Sunday Book: Min Kym - Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung

Adam Sweeting

“What’s it like to be a child prodigy?” is a question asked by violinist Min Kym several times...

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