Alice Jones

Alice Jones is Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent.

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Gripping yarn: Will Smith

Will Smith's new book 'Mainlander': John le Carré meets 'Middlemarch'

Known as an actor in 'The Thick of It' and a writer for 'Veep', Will Smith has turned novelist for his next venture, with a mystery thriller set in the Channel Islands

The Pentagon’s new game – let’s play belittle the leader

That Putin’s alleged affliction is autism is not surprising

Kim Sears is reported to have directed abuse at Berdych

Kim Sears: A woman at a sports event makes the front pages! Shame it’s for swearing and not participating

In sport, the line between passion and profanity  is thin

Bill Cosby performing stand-up in November

Bill Cosby: A strange limbo has set in, but only one side is telling jokes

For now, it is the court of public opinion which tries Cosby

The hood life: Swimer's career began when fell into an internship at MTV

Comedy writer Dan Swimer: 'I'm in awe of Jack Whitehall and Sacha Baron Cohen'

As a writer on 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' and 'Grandma's House', Swimer is the unsung star of some of the best TV comedy of the past decade. As his new sitcom, 'Crims', begins, he tells Alice Jones why he's still terrified of the spotlight
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, with Nick Clegg, is not the traditional wife of a British politician

If we’re stuck with political WAGs, at least let them be interesting in their own right

If Miriam Gonzalez Durantez was a politician, I’d be tempted to vote for her

The existence of "Black Eye Friday" suggests that Britain can't hold its drink

It's meant to be the booziest, most violent day of the year

Not even Jonathan Ross and Jack Whitehall can make the British Comedy Awards 2014 funny

In its 25th year, and with enough big name comedians to fill the bill at the Edinburgh Fringe present, the television awards show fell a bit flat

Russell Brand, second from left, described Nigel Farage, far right, as a 'poundshop Enoch Powell' on Question Time

Tired old Question Time is all mouth and too many trousers - it's time for a change

Nobody ever makes a point, because points do not get applause

Why are some people so intent on censoring certain body parts and sexual acts?

Placing restrictions on pornography won't protect children, but a frank and open discussion might

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James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine