BOOK REVIEW / Detailed study of woodcuts and wood engraving: 'Wood Engraving and the Woodcut in Britain, 1890-1990' - James Hamilton: Barrie & Jenkins, 40 pounds

Woodcuts and wood engraving are most often associated with book illustration, with the monochrome delicacies of Gwen Raverat or Gordon Craig, or the Arts and Crafts Movement in general: this work by Sean Scully ('Passage' 1991) shows how more recent artists have widened the scope of these techniques. It is one of 200 images in James Hamilton's Wood Engraving and the Woodcut in Britain, 1890-1990 (Barrie & Jenkins pounds 40), a detailed study that relates the British tradition to its Continental influences and reveals the talents of many lesser-known artists.

CHESS / A touch of Dutch delicacy

CONTINUING the saga of the second world title Candidates Match game between Kamsky and van der Sterren, play was adjourned on Monday in the diagram position after Kamsky's 66th move as White.

BOOK REVIEW / Take back the herd instinct: Anna Blomefield on Katie Roiphe's study of feminism and the rape crisis movement: The morning after: Sex, Fear, and Feminism - Katie Roiphe: Hamish Hamilton, pounds 7.99

THE APPEARANCE of this book crystallises public uncertainty over the rights and wrongs of the date rape issue. It is a thought-provoking work that purports to represent a reappraisal of the achievements and goals of the feminist movement over the past 30 or so years. Roiphe returns continually to her own family life as a genuine, if somewhat smug, yardstick in her enterprise. Yet it is a book which, though scarcely to be faulted as a piece of rhetoric, leaves one with a sour taste in the mouth. At the risk of sounding reactionary, I'd say the book falls prey to the very attractions of ideological manipulation it sets out to denounce.

MUSIC / Resting on his laurels: Stephen Johnson listens to Strauss and Stravinsky come together on the South Bank

Andrew Davis has called it 'shameful' that Richard Strauss's Daphne has never been staged in London. Fair comment: a highly rated theatre score by one of the century's great opera composers deserves better. But, hearing it in the concert performance that opened the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Strauss / Stravinsky series, one retained the old impression - Daphne is a lot better as a score than as an opera.

Classic Thoughts: A Sahib who also served: David Malouf on the grace and clarity of Rudyard Kipling's Kim (1901)

FEW READERS of Kim can resist its freshness, the sense the writing gives of being, like its young hero, awake in a 'great, good-tempered world'. The question, given a plot so boyishly involved with the Great Game, is whether the book is more than a bright adventure story.

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RECORDS / Blues: Bukka White - Baton Rouge Mosby Street (Blues Beacon, CD only)

Recorded in Munich in 1962, when the influential Mississippi singer-guitarist was in his mid-fifties and on tour with one of those marvellous American Folk-Blues Festival packages, this is valuable for the space it gives him to stretch out beyond the three-minute form. The six tracks, each between five and nine minutes, allow him to settle into hypnotic slow-rocking grooves founded on open-tuned drones, his ferocious growl playing against finger-picking that has the delicacy of Japanese koto music.

Food and Drink: A taste of Piedmont

Ceppi Storici 1990, pounds 4.89, Winecellars, London SW18 (081- 871 2668). An affordable example of fresh and fruity quality barbera; lively fruit tinged with cinnamon spiciness.

OPERA / Starless night: Raymond Monelle on La Boheme at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow

ELIJAH Moshinsky's production of La Boheme, with beautiful designs by Michael Yeargan that resemble a set of accomplished book illustrations, has become a Scottish institution. It is now in its fifth year and has seen a series of casts, including a few real stars. When we first saw it we were struck by what seemed perceptive novelties. The framing of Act One in a narrow rectangle made us think of a TV screen; the convertible set that permitted the transfer of the bohemians to the interior of the Cafe Momus, rather than its forecourt, reminded us that the first two acts take place on Christmas Eve when Paris is usually cold.

Letter: Just about the most elegant way to ride

Sir: While respecting Margaret Harvey's (letter, 16 October) undoubted right to her opinion, I feel that I must point out the inaccuracies in her information.

MUSIC / First time out

Beethoven's First Symphony must have been used a thousand times by orchestras as a warm up item, or as a token classical symphony in a wider ranging programme. But it has rarely been taken seriously for its own unique quality.

BOOK REVIEW / Bridge over the River Why: Colin Sedgwick revisits a classic, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, and finds it as haunting as ever

THERE ARE books that haunt you down the years, books that seem to touch and stir something deep inside you. It's as if they have been with you since you were born.

MUSIC / Notices: New Queen's Hall Orchestra - Barbican Hall, EC1

With the formation of The New Queen's Hall Orchestra, authentic performance practice can be said to have come full circle. Here is a body of players seeking to recreate the sound and conditions characteristic of performances given around the turn of the century and later. Gut strings are employed, for instance, and narrow-bore brass instruments which don't swamp the loud tuttis as their modern counterparts are often in danger of doing.

Travel: Swiss cuckoos

HAVE the Swiss suddenly got it in for vegetarians? The country that gave us muesli (harvested on the slopes of the Matterhorn judging by the picture on the Alpen box) seems to be adopting a most uncharitable attitude towards non-meat eaters.
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