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I wish I could give this sublime marrying of the art and the life 10 stars. This is very much a writer’s biography, and an absolutely gorgeous demonstration of how to frame a narrative begins, appropriately enough, with the framing by Gorra of the author, Henry James: “Many years later he would remember the way the book had begun. He was old then, and in England ....” It’s a description that mirrors beautifully the framing by James himself of the entrance of his great heroine, Isabel Archer, in The Portrait of a Lady, as “the girl in the doorway”.

The Pet Shop Boys perform during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games

Album review: Pet Shop Boys, Electric (x2)

Album of the week: Good-time grooves that will electrify the dancefloor

Tyson Keats: Welsh could even be banned from hiring foreign players

Round-up: Exiles face fresh action and fines over Keats

The Tyson Keats affair that cost London Welsh five league points is not over. The club are subject to an inquiry by the UK Border Agency into their illegal employment of the New Zealand-born scrum-half before he obtained the correct working visa.

Tyson Keats was not to blame for offence that cost five points

London Welsh lose appeal over points deduction

Aviva Premiership club were deducted five points and given a £15,000 fine

Graham Ovenden (born 1943) Poplars, 1991

Artist accused of paedophilia says 'no shame' in nude portraits of children, court hears

An internationally acclaimed artist living in Cornwall who is accused of being a paedophile has told a court of the "witch-hunt" surrounding those whose works involve nude children.

Between the Covers 17/03/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books
Tyson Keats was not to blame for offence that cost five points

Former London Welsh team manager Mike Scott banned from rugby for life

Scott punished for role in fielding of ineligible player

Tyson Keats was not to blame for offence that cost five points

London Welsh claim victim status as five-point penalty hits

Exiles to appeal after Keats ruling leaves them bottom of league and blaming fraud

Tyson Keats is said to have played nine games without being correctly registered

London Welsh left dangling over Tyson Keats sanction

London Welsh, at serious risk of forfeiting their Premiership status for playing the scrum-half Tyson Keats under a false nationality registration, were left dangling on a perilously thin disciplinary thread last night when a Rugby Football Union panel ended a six-hour hearing into the case without reaching a decision.

Bath Literature Festival: An obsession with death and dark literature

Two heavyweight speakers gave passionate talks on two titans of 19th-century poetry at The Independent Bath Literature Festival – focusing on their preoccupation with death.

Tyson Keats of London Welsh

London Welsh await disciplinary outcome that could decide Premiership fate

The Exiles are charged with fielding an ineligible player

Tyson Keats is said to have played nine games without proper registration

London Welsh face crippling points penalty

Deduction over Kiwi scrum-half Tyson Keats' registration could end brave relegation fight

Tyson Keats of London Welsh

London Welsh charged with fielding ineligible player in 'a number' of matches

The issue relates to the registration of scrum-half Tyson Keats

Unhitched: the Trial of Christopher Hitchens, By Richard Seymour

Sectarian and mean-spirited, this far-left attack on the late contrarian author fails to convince

Five ladies leaning ... Salvador Dalí’s Dawn, Midday, Sunset and Dusk (1979) was inspired by the female figure in Jean-François Millet’s Angelus, which has been loaned to the Pompidou for this show

IoS visual art review: Dali, Pompidou Centre, Paris

Over-familiarity with the Surrealist has bred contempt, but beyond the showmanship there was a true talent for invention

Album: Imogen Holst Choral Works (Harmonia Mundi)

Though overshadowed by her father, Imogen Holst was thought highly enough of by heavyweight mentors: she was Britten's amanuensis for much of his later life, orchestrating his Rejoice In The Lamb: A Festival Cantata, appended to this world premiere recording of her own choral works by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?