Books: I'm reading slowly and with great pleasure 'The Hare with Amber Eyes' by the ceramicist, Edmund de Waal – part family memoir, part Proustian confession, subtle, spare and elegant, like his pots. The one I most want to read is Candia McWilliam's new book, another memoir, still not quite finished, but I heard her talk about it so brilliantly that I've been on tenterhooks ever since.
'I was climbing a pyramid when she rang: "Darling, it's Thelma, we have to help David Suchet"'
Life stories are taking huge chunks of drama budgets – but they are largely safe and unchallenging television, says Gerard Gilbert
The queen of detective fiction turned her uneasy relationship with her daughter into a ' brutal' drama - and now it's on the West End
David Mamet's latest play has been panned in New York. But a UK revival of Speed-the-Plow, starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum, reminds us of his astonishing powers, says Paul Taylor