Self-indulgent, partisan and not-so-definitive, this British short-story collection is still enjoyable
Fleet Street has been closed in both directions
Jonathan Coe's new state-of-the-nation novel offers both optimism and dystopia
The offer is for Blackwell's range of 810 Oxford World's Classics paperbacks, while Sainsbury's is offering 25% off Tu clothing
In Neil Bartlett’s staging of Great Expectations at Bristol Old Vic, you hear the story more than watch it. The chains of the convict, the hammering of the blacksmith, the unhinged humming of Miss Havisham are as much a part of the characters as the costume, expression and lines.
A new report has claimed a third of British people do not know the author of Great Expectations. It's Charles Dickens, by the way.
A biography that reveals the yin and yang of Victorian moral life – and a literary friendship
Performing admirably both behind and in front of the camera Ralph Fiennes depicts Charles Dickens as a boisterous man so taken with his own celebrity that he believes he can hide his affair with a young actress (Felicity Jones) from the press. This is a film of two strands. As a treatise on how celebrity can delude it is excellent, but Fiennes is initially less sure-footed when dealing with the central secret romance.
Where are you now and what can you see?
The London townhouse where Charles Dickens penned "Oliver Twist" and fathered two of his 10 children has just reopened after a 3.1 million pound ($5 million) facelift as the climax of the bicentenary of his birth.
The Week in Books
A tale of two houses, neither one bleak
As the 314m Shard opens to sightseers (for £25 a time) Tom Peck tests the lifts – and his nerve
A thrilling story of deprivation that shows off the bravura versatility of its author
More than 800 writers, commentators and thinkers from 44 countries make up this year's festival, among them Nobel laureates, Booker and Pulitzer prize winners and poets laureate.
Fishing? An excuse to travel to some purpose! To engage in something primal as opposed to the tinselly snares and trashy delusions of urban daily life. And an approach to the countryside, urgently needed in my case, with a meditative aspect.