The sex is aggressive and gratuitous, the language clichéd
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The Establishment by Owen Jones, book review
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A Ted Hughes Bestiary: Poems selected by Alice Oswald - book review: Joyous, vigorous observations of the natural world
A Ted Hughes Bestiary is a thematic collection of 100 of the late laureate's poems. Hughes's animal poetry is arguably the joyous best of him, and is full of a country-dweller's lived experience. Whether a damselfly in "Performance", a "Midget puppet-clown, tranced on his strings, /In the nightfall pall of balsam", or the "plungings, and spray-slow explosions" of "A Dove", his creatures are completely, and delightedly, realised.
As well as paying tribute to his beloved children's stories, the annual event is paying particular homage to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
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Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
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£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke