Rob Sharp

Rob Sharp is a freelance journalist specialising in arts and culture. He was on staff at The Independent from July 2007 to December 2011, first as a features writer, and then as the paper’s arts correspondent. He has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. For more information visit his website, www.robsharp.com or email him at rs@robsharp.com.

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Waterstone's abandons the 3-for-2 book deal

To some, it devalued the printed word, to others, it provided much-needed value during tough economic times. Now, the high-street bookshop Waterstone's has axed its ubiquitous three-for-two offer in its 300 British stores, in a bold move by recently appointed managing director, the independent bookseller James Daunt.

'Space Oddity' reimagined as children's book

David Bowie's 1969 song "Space Oddity", which sees fictional astronaut Major Tom drifting into outer space, has been turned into an unlikely children's book by a Canadian illustrator.

Three for two doesn't add up, says book chain

The offer, which saw purchasers splash out on impulse buys for a decade, will come to an end next month

Soderbergh ends movie career to focus on painting

The American film director Steven Soderbergh's career has had more twists and drama than the kind of Rat Pack remake that made his name.

Is the show over for Beyoncé?

She always said she'd give up performing to have a family when she hit 30. Now she's 29 and pregnant. Rob Sharp reports

Gregor Muir: 'Sorting out the ICA is without question a challenge...'

Gregor Muir tells Rob Sharp how he plans to reinvent the venue after Ekow Eshun's tenure – and why private backers are his top priority

Serota splashes Tate cash – to cut galleries' costs

Staff at the Tate galleries are furious about the use of two external consultants who have made £750,000 of savings, describing their techniques as "psychobabble" whose only purpose is to force through job cuts.

New files suggest greater link between Wodehouse and Nazis

PG Wodehouse made a series of radio broadcasts from Germany in 1941 that caused uproar in Britain, forcing the author to express his "horror " after stumbling into propagandist interviews that lead to accusations he was a Nazi sympathiser.

'Petrified' Tate staff blame new managers

Complaints that managers brought in to cut costs have brought with them a whole new regime designed to 'get rid of people'

Big name in the art world to leave Soho Jobcentre

It is a Soho landmark, the first of its kind in the country, made famous by its celebrated "benefits supervisor", Sue Tilley. For the past 11 years Ms Tilley, or "Big Sue", who features in the late painter Lucian Freud's most famous work, has toiled as the manager of the Jobcentre in Denmark Street, Soho. The centre is under threat of closure, with Ms Tilley set to leave Soho for good.

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