Clothes, Clothes, Clothes... Music, Music, Music... Boys, Boys, Boys... by Viv Albertine; book review

Viv Albertine was the guitarist in the punk band The Slits from 1977 to their demise in December 1981. In this funny, well-written and poignant memoir, she relates what it was like to be in the first wave of women who were able to join bands despite lacking formal training in music. But this book isn’t just about the punk era. It follows Viv’s life from childhood through to the present, taking in her youthful passion for music, wild teenage years, discovery of boys and sex, the punk years, the break-up of The Slits, the wilderness years, the reprieve afforded by film school and her new career as a director, desperate attempts to have a baby, illness, survival, and resurrection as a singer.

The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business, by John Browne; book review

There is a convincingly argued, utterly persuasive essay sandwiched between some self-serving dross in The Glass Closet.

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Since the age of 16, I have had a copy of the complete poems of John Donne somewhere close at hand. For me, that was a watershed year. I had not been a good student – at best strugglingly average, to the despair of my father. In truth the classroom interested me far less at this age than the rugby pitch, the athletics field and the girls at the local Bedford high school.

'Pippi Longstocking meets Barbarella': The Slits' Viv Albertine

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A book aiming to explain why we've become "greedy, narcissistic and unhappy" poses a challenge to a reader who wouldn't identify as any of the above.

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Life-enhancing wit: Nicholson Baker

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Long before we entered this golden age of over-sharing, Nicholson Baker was fossicking through the stuff of intimate daily life, exploring in detail which borders on the obsessive-compulsive the subjects that fascinate him – words, books, music, poetry, humans, sex.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub, book review: Trouble in paradise makes for a wry and witty beach read

"Families were nothing more than hope cast out in a wide net, everyone wanting only the best," writes Emma Straub as her protagonists, the Posts and their friends, come to the end of their two-week holiday on the island of Mallorca.

Alexandra 'Binky' Felstead arrives at the Bafta TV Awards 2013

Paperback reviews: One Summer: America 1927, The Listener, Noble Endeavours, Under Your Skin, Mystery and Manners

One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson (Black Swan £8.99)

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In the last two or three years, many prolific writers, whose work seemed lost forever, have started reappearing.

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