sat 01/10/2022

book reviews and features

theartsdesk Q&A: Biographer Claire Tomalin on Charles Dickens

Jasper Rees

The tally of Charles Dickens’s biographers grows ever closer to 100. The English language’s most celebrated novelist repays repeated study, of course, because both his life and his work are so...

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'Books have been my life': Doris Lessing

Jasper Rees

Doris Lessing’s storm-tossed life would make a stirring biopic. She spent her early years on an isolated farm in the Southern Rhodesian veldt, abandoned the children of her first marriage to take...

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10 Questions for Count Arthur Strong

Jasper Rees

Autumn is a season of tumbling leaves, dark afternoons and of course fatuous memoirs from people off the telly. But every so often the world is taken by surprise, less by autumn itself than by the...

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Extract: George Harrison - Behind the Locked Door

graeme Thomson

Following the completion of the White Album, and the conclusion of recording sessions in Los Angeles with new Apple signing Jackie Lomax, in late November 1968 George Harrison and his...

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theartsdesk Q&A: Sex researcher Shere Hite

Jasper Rees

This week Channel 4 embarks on a season of programmes about sex. Real sex, it claims, in real British bedrooms. A new series called Masters of Sex dramatises the story of William Masters...

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The Crucible, National Theatre review - visually stunning re...

How can this beauty arise from such ugliness? The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s 1953 drama about the Salem witch trials of 1692, is rife with...

Blonde review - Marilyn Monroe thrown to the wolves

Andrew Dominik’s Blonde is an atrocity – a ghoulish biopic...

John Gabriel Borkman, Bridge Theatre review - amusing tale...

It always feels special when a play speaks so directly to an audience that you feel and hear the ripples of recognition across the auditorium. And...

Album: Björk - fossora

Album opener “Atapos” was released as a single earlier in September, its sharply angular beats created by...

Savala Nolan: Don't Let It Get You Down review - findin...

Liminal: a word that conjures thresholds and between states. Caught between three languages – the adjective is a borrowing from the Latin...

'Serving the community means representing the narrative...

Just as I was moving from the US to the UK to begin working as the Artistic Director of the...

Album: Slipknot - The End, So Far

Make no mistake about it, Slipknot are massive. 23 years after their recording debut, they’ve had 8.5 billion streams, their sixth album,...

Yiyun Li: The Book of Goose - fame, reality and two teenage...

The Book of Goose, Yiyun Li’s fifth novel, is the...

This England, Sky Atlantic review - how Boris's No 10 g...

From underneath the messy ash-white thatch of hair, a strange mooing suddenly issues: Sir Kenneth Branagh is wrestling with Boris Johnson’s odd...

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