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Mohammed Ali  used to boast that when boxing,  he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt,  seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent  action. It really is some story.

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Paperback review: Masters of Sex, By Thomas Maier

The couple “who taught America how to love” might have followed their own example better, if this biography, published in advance of a new television adaptation, is to be believed.

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Theatre review: Ibsen's Ghosts - 'A spell-binding production'

The play's emotional daring and dark humour are conveyed here with matchless immediacy

Men ARE better drivers than women - at least, a judge says so

Spanish judge rules that a driving school is within its rights to charge female drivers a higher rate than men for a course of driving lessons

The catamaran used by Dona Bertarelli

Dona Bertarelli: Trading the high life for a trip on the high seas

She is one of the richest women in Europe – and her insurers aren’t happy about her Atlantic voyage

Journalist Charlotte Raven says she got it wrong

New website gets off to a shaky start: Feminist Times provokes huge row with forced sterilisation article

Editor Charlotte Raven pulls controversial piece, admitting 'we got it wrong'

Artwork 'Au Naturel' by British artist Sarah Lucas

Art review: Sarah Lucas, Situation - There are boobs and bum aplenty, but there is also a point

Zoe Pilger reviews feminist artist Sarah Lucas's first major solo exhibition

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience at St Peter's square

A wolf in Pope's clothing? Francis is not the progressive man he has been made out to be

There's more than meets the eye to the man behind the cloth

CocoRosie - the Casady sisters - aren't conventional performers

Gig review: CocoRosie, Oval Space, London

CocoRosie are the Casady sisters - Sierra, whose voice soars to almost parodic operatic heights, and Bianca, whose voice is knotty, nasal, and creepily childlike, making some listeners recoil. For others, it's a brilliantly bizarre combination; as is their music, which brings together elements of dance, pop, folk and hip-hop, using an electric blue harp, a selection of exotic flutes, piano, synth and a human beatboxer named Tez.

Katy Perry's new material has proved a hit with her fans

Gig Review: Katy Perry, iTunes Festival - the candyfloss era isn't over just yet

The UK's first live glimpse of Katy Perry's third album PRISM comes just two days after the pop princess's fairytale took its darkest turn yet. Echoes of a Billboard interview in which she discussed suicidal thoughts following the end of her short marriage to Russell Brand might be heard reverberating around a venue distinctly free of the candyfloss scent pumped into venues on her kitschorama Teenage Dream tour.

Simon Darwen and Laura Elphinstone in Virgin

Theatre review: Virgin, Watford Palace Theatre

Fittingly for a play which is in part about the difficulties of saying what you think, Virgin is a little unclear as to what it thinks it is saying. EV Crowe’s play aims to explore how far our online lives mirror our offline ones, but the internet felt strangely incidental to her story. It could just as easily have been a marketing project for better roads, or a new hospital, and not a scheme to roll out broadband to rural communities, that the play’s central character, Emily (Laura Elphinstone), is trying to convince her male employers to let her lead. In fact, the play is often at its best when it deals straightforwardly with gender politics in the workplace and when the internet is left, so to speak, unconnected. 

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Natalie Portman attacks Hollywood's 'macho' women characters

The actress says real women can be 'weak' and 'vulnerable'

Former Australian PM Julia Gillard: I was target of sexism

Julia Gillard, who was unceremoniously dumped as the leader of the Australian Labor Party, resigning as prime minister the next day, says she was the target of “aggressive sexism” during three years in power.

Model 'punches' Femen protesters who storm catwalk during Paris fashion week

A Liverpool model said she "punched" two Femen protesters who broke onto the catwalk at Paris fashion week and grabbed her arm.

More women are in work - but what about the gender pay gap?

The UK’s gender pay gap is currently 22 per cent – the sixth worst in the EU

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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