New biography records the day John Osborne was chased by an angry mob

John Osborne, the writer of 'Look Back in Anger' and 'The Entertainer', was hailed as Britain's most provocative playwright. But, as this extract from a new biography by Peter Whitebrook reveals, his first and only musical was such a disaster that after the opening night, he was chased up Charing Cross Road by an angry mob - and fled to France soon after

The Top Ten: Idioms from other languages

This one was John Peters' idea. He nominated 'To sleep like a dead pig' (Chinese). In Wales they say, 'Mae'n bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn' – 'It is raining old women and sticks,' says David Banks. These are my favourites…

Art Since 1989: The dawn of a new cultural epoch

At the end of the Eighties, the world was convulsed by revolutions in politics, science and technology - and with them, old notions of art became redundant. In a new book, Kelly Grovier explains how anything goes now - and why it should

The undiscovered Laurie Lee

A century after the author's birth, some of his private papers are being published for the first time. Here, his only daughter Jessy Lee introduces two previously unknown pieces: one on familar rural territory, one from wartime London