The poet W. H. Auden in1969

Book of a lifetime - Collected Shorter Poems by W H Auden

There is something in this collection for every mood, for every moment, and I press this volume into the hands of anybody who asks me what to read

Sue Fletcher author portrait

Teenage fiction books round-up: From The Murdstone Trilogy to A Little in Love

Young at heart: Susan Fletcher provides melodrama in ‘A Little in Love’ Lisa Barlow

Cyclists pass through thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, 100km east of Beijing in China's northwest Hebei province

Chinese Rules by Tim Clissold, book review: Words of wisdom on business in Beijing

There’s a good deal of practical wisdom here, but the book falls down when Clissold starts talking about China more broadly

Jenny Uglow, author

In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars by Jenny Uglow, book review: Bliss was it to be alive, even in a war

In These Times is a remarkable book written by an award winning historian at the peak of her powers

Anatomy of a murder: Lord Lucan

A Different Class of Murder: The Story of Lord Lucan by Laura Thompson, book review: Enduring mystery of Lord Lucan

This is one of the most notorious murders in history, because so much mystery surrounds the case

Author Rose Tremain poses with her trophy after winning the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction for her novel The Road House held in The Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre in 2008

The American Lover by Rose Tremain, book review: A playful blurring of boundaries

In this work, the “act of words” – as fiction, as memory, as apologia – becomes a deed of darkness

Jerry Lee Lewis. 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' 'Don't Knock the Rock' TV Programme, 19 Mar 1964

Jerry Lee Lewis - His Own Story by Rick Bragg, book review: A mad, bad and dangerous rock 'n' roll star to know

The book presents the young Jerry Lee as a kind of Huck Finn character, routinely hightailing it down the tarmac river in a series of stolen cars

The main gate at Auschwitz. The inscription reads:

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz by Goran Rosenberg, book review: Shadows of the Holocaust never far away in author's childhood

It is a chilling reminder of how  the consequences of war long outlived the ceasefire, leaving indelible marks on family life in the decades that followed

Noli me Tangere, c.1512 (oil on canvas) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); National Gallery, London

The Lost Gospel by Simcha Javobovici and Barrie Wilson, book review: Was Jesus married?

Authors Javobovici and Wilson are confident, after ‘uncovering’ a document that says so

Three thrilling collections of folk and fairytales from around the world

The rewards of these collections are irresistible, and as the autumn nights draw longer, why not pause, and partake of an age-old tradition?

Female University Student Reading a Book in a Library

Make a noise about libraries but, please, keep quiet afterwards: Week in books

Libraries shouldn’t have to become multi-platform, nor should they have to jump through hoops to show us their worth

Malice by Keigo Higashino

Malice by Keigo Higashino, book review: This Japanese classic is well worth investigating

The exploration of murderous feelings in an apparently sophisticated and well-balanced individual marks this book out as an exceptional study of the psychology of murder as well as a skilfully plotted narrative

The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are by Michael Pye - book review: Voyage of discovery rescues the Dark Ages from obscurity

The Scottish Referendum prompted much soul-searching about Britain's place in the world. The Scots, it seemed, were looking warmly at Scandinavia. Michael Pye's book reminds us of a time when all the North Sea nations shared a culture. It was admittedly a long time ago but this is the kind of book that can open up new vistas.

Family Politics: Domestic Life, Devastation and Survival 1900-1950 by Paul Ginsborg - book review: From domestic bliss to the rise of the despots

Families are off-stage in history, a footnote in the lives of the great, if that, so it is refreshing that Paul Ginsborg looks at the upheavals of the first half of the 20th century through the prism of family life. He asks what revolution and dictatorship did to the family, but also looks at the influence of the family on despotic regimes developed in the 1920s and 1930s in Russia, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Germany.

Ariadne's Thread: In Memory of W.G Sebald by Philippa Comber

Ariadne’s Thread: In Memory of W G Sebald, by Philippa Comber - book review: Engrossing portrait of the connoisseur of loneliness

W G Sebald, the German scholar-writer, died in his adopted East Anglia in December 2001. He was on the cusp of international recognition when, driving on the A146 from Norwich to Lowestoft, he suffered a heart attack and died in a head-on collision. Readers of all ages and nationalities now find themselves mesmerised by the luminous blurring of fact and fiction in Sebald’s work. Vertigo, The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn and Austerlitz are uniquely strange prose fictions, which belie a fascination with the past, and the pain of remembering it.

Arts and Entertainment
Nick Hewer is to leave The Apprentice after 10 years

TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice

Arts and Entertainment
Female fans want more explicit male sex in Game of Thrones, George R R Martin says

film George RR Martin owns a cinema in Santa Fe

Arts and Entertainment
Clued up: John Lynch and Gillian Anderson in ‘The Fall’

TV review

Arts and Entertainment
The Baker (James Corden) struggles with Lilla Crawford’s Little Red Riding Hood

film...all the better to bamboozle us
Arts and Entertainment
English: Romantic Landscape

Arts and Entertainment
Laugh a minute: Steph Parker with Nigel Farage

Arts and Entertainment
Comic Ivor Dembina has staged his ‘Traditional Jewish Xmas Eve Show’ for the past 20 years; the JNF UK charity is linked to the Jewish National Fund, set up to fund Jewish people buying land in Palestinian territories

Arts and Entertainment
Transformers: Age of Extinction was the most searched for movie in the UK in 2014

Arts and Entertainment
Mark Ronson has had two UK number two singles but never a number one...yet

Arts and Entertainment
Clara Amfo will take over from Jameela Jamil on 25 January

Arts and Entertainment
This is New England: Ken Cheeseman, Ann Dowd, Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins in Olive Kitteridge

The most magnificently miserable show on television in a long timeTV
Arts and Entertainment
Andrea Faustini looks triumphant after hearing he has not made it through to Sunday's live final

Arts and Entertainment
Daniel Craig, pictured here in Skyfall, is returning as James Bond for Spectre

Arts and Entertainment
Lorenzo Richelmy (L) and Zhu Zhu (R)

Arts and Entertainment
Some of the records in contention for the coveted Christmas No 1 spot
musicNew system means that evergreen songs could top the festive charts
Arts and Entertainment
Rhys says: 'I'm not playing it for laughs, but I have learnt that if you fall over on stage, people can enjoy that as much as an amazing guitar solo'
musicGruff Rhys on his rock odyssey, and the trouble with independence
Arts and Entertainment
Arts and Entertainment
Anna Chancellor as Lucia and Miranda Richardson as Mapp, in the BBC’s new adaptation (C) BBC - Photographer: Nick Briggs)
Arts and Entertainment
Krysia and Daniel (Hand out press photograph provided by Sally Richardson)
How do today's composers answer the challenge of the classical giant?
Shenaz Treasurywala
Arts and Entertainment
Star Wars Director JJ Abrams: key character's names have been revealed
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell Williams won two BBC Music Awards for Best Song and International Artist
Arts and Entertainment
Mark, Katie and Sanjay in The Apprentice boardroom
Arts and Entertainment

Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites

Arts and Entertainment
Frances O'Connor and James Nesbitt in 'The Missing'

TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations

Arts and Entertainment
Joey Essex will be hitting the slopes for series two of The Jump


Who is taking the plunge?
Arts and Entertainment
Katy Perry as an Ancient Egyptian princess in her latest music video for 'Dark Horse'

Arts and Entertainment
Dame Judi Dench, as M in Skyfall

Arts and Entertainment
Morrissey, 1988

Arts and Entertainment
William Pooley from Suffolk is flying out to Free Town, Sierra Leone, to continue working in health centres to fight Ebola after surviving the disease himself

Arts and Entertainment
The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin

Arts and Entertainment
Matt Berry (centre), the star of Channel 4 sitcom 'Toast of London'

TVA disappointingly dull denouement
Arts and Entertainment
Tales from the cryptanalyst: Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Imitation Game'

Arts and Entertainment
Pixie Lott has been voted off Strictly Come Dancing 2014

The Independent
The Independent on Google+
i100 on Google+
i Newspaper
The Independent around the web
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    Career Services

    Day In a Page

    Independent Travel
    Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
    Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
    Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
    South Africa
    Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
    Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

    Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

    As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
    The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

    The Interview movie review

    You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
    Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

    How podcasts became mainstream

    People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

    Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
    Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

    A memorable year for science – if not for mice

    The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
    Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

    Christmas cocktails to make you merry

    Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
    5 best activity trackers

    Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

    Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
    Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

    Paul Scholes column

    It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
    Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

    Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

    2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

    Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

    The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
    Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

    Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

    The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
    Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

    The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

    Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas