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There are rich pickings to be harvested from this year’s crop. Jim Crace’s unforgettable Harvest (Whole Story, 7 CDs, £20.41) is a book begging to be read aloud. Had the Booker judges listened to John Keating reading it, they’d have given it the prize unanimously. The story of a pre-lapsarian village facing the end of centuries  of agrarian life is written in blunt and sturdy language that moves seamlessly between Old English accented alliteration and flights of superb iambic pentameter. “Caught between a nettle and a thorn”, the helpless narrator watches as monetary greed and a flagrant injustice destroys a community and creates an avoidable refugee crisis, whose contemporary relevance is unmistakable. It is a work of genius.

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'We have Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Push The Sky Away on vinyl pretty much on rotation right now. Sublime.'

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Watch the videos below to take in tracks from the new album by The Feeling - ‘Boy Cried Wolf’

Prime Minister David Cameron poses the rock group Haim as they appear on the BBC current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show

‘That was for you, DC’: has Cameron got some new fans in Haim?

David Cameron has branded the Labour Party’s tax policy “nuts”, warning that it would drive business out of Britain and hamper the economic recovery.

The Bonus Track: Songs from kids' stories, prog-rock poetry and an album biggie from Haim

A sideways look at the world of music

The Weekend’s Viewing: Have we finally reached the bleak anti-hero tipping point?

Low Winter, Sun, Fri, Fox / Big School, Fri, BBC1

Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor and Dominic West as Richard Burton in BBC4's new drama 'Burton & Taylor'

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Without the bitchy, bejewelled debauchery of bygone Hollywood, this was an affair to forget

Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor and Dominic West as Richard Burton in BBC4's new drama 'Burton & Taylor'

TV review: Burton and Taylor (BBC4) contained nuance and nostalgia, but not enough sheer bloody awfulness

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were monuments going badly to seed by the time they appeared on stage together in Noel Coward’s Private Lives in 1983. Burton died less than a year after the play’s run ended. Taylor was heavily overweight, drinking too much and taking too many pills. This is the period in the two stars’ lives that the BBC’s new biopic covers. It’s a fascinating but very flawed affair.

Television choices: Carter and West deliver an affair to remember in Burton and Taylor

TV pick of the week: Burton and Taylor

Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor at the opening night afterparty for Noel Cowards Private Lives

Actress Anna Chancellor hopes The Hour will return

Actress Anna Chancellor, who starred in axed BBC drama The Hour, has spoken of her hopes that the period drama could return for a one-off special.

Actor John Simm, who played The Master, in Doctor Who

Doctor Who do they think they are? The Master aka John Simm risks the wrath of Whovians

The Village star John Simm has admitted that he is fed up with the attention he gets from Doctor Who fans.

Reverie, Lucy Parham, Henry Goodman, Wigmore Hall, London

Pianist Lucy Parham is practiced at presenting composers’ lives in words and music with the aid of actors, and Debussy is her latest. Not such an easy nut to crack as Schumann – no equivalent of the Robert-and-Clara household diaries – but as a letter-writer Debussy held forth with an engaging blend of pride and prejudice, hedonism and misanthropy.

Dominic West and Miranda Raison

First Night: The River, Royal Court Theatre, London

Lyrical and sublime, Butterworth’s triumph is the hottest ticket in town

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